Granite State Showdown Ends In Scoreless Tie
DURHAM, N.H. - The Dartmouth women’s soccer team played to a scoreless draw in a derby match against in-state rival New Hampshire on Wednesday evening at Bremner Field.
The Big Green peppered the Wildcats defense and netminder Mimi Borkan with 21 shots and eight on target. The hosts didn’t have as much luck, but did get nine shots off with two in the first overtime.
Junior Tatiana Saunders made four saves for her fourth shutout of the season and second in consecutive matches. As a team, Dartmouth now has six defensive shutouts.
This is the second scoreless clean sheet for the squad, with the first coming on ESPN3 against St. John’s at Belson Stadium on September 20.
Senior Emma Brush led the team with two shots on goal. Six other teammates also recorded a shot at net. The Big Green’s 21 overall shots came from ten field players.
Colleen Murray and Kirsten O’Neil took a pair of shots towards Saunders for the Wildcats.
Dartmouth (4-4-2, 1-1 Ivy) owned the corner set pieces 6-0 and played well defensively along the end line.
Sophomore Corey Delaney was credited with the first shot on goal for the Big Green in the 12th minute of play. The Big Green had a great chance two minutes later, when classmate Lucielle Kozlov had a header blocked heading towards goal.
In the second half, New Hampshire (3-5-5) had a chance to take the lead in the 78th minute, but Dartmouth got a little help from the crossbar. Brush had a pair of chances to win the game in the final two minutes of regulation, but Borkan stopped her first shot and then her second shot sailed high with 37 seconds left.
In the first overtime period each team was credited with a shot on target, forcing both sides to play conservative in the final stanza to keep the game scoreless.
Dartmouth will remain on the road and meet Ivy League foe Yale on Saturday at 4 p.m.