LOWELL, Mass. – Behind a pair of goals from senior captain, Holly Patterson, the Dartmouth women’s soccer team defeated UMass Lowell, 2-1 in Lowell on Tuesday night.
With the victory, the Big Green improve to 7-6-2, while the River Hawks fall to 5-10-2.
In its final non-conference game of the 2016 campaign, Dartmouth battled hard for it seventh win of the season. The Big Green came out strong in the first half with a few shots in the first 10 minutes of action. In the 18th minute, Patterson got Dartmouth on the scoreboard after being fed with a pass from Meredith Gurnee.
The Hamilton, New Zealand native made a nice move past the defender and buried a shot in the top right corner of the goal, giving her team the early lead.
“I’m very proud of how the team played and how hard we worked tonight,” said Big Green head coach, Ron Rainey. “Holly took two great shots and we’re proud of her for doing that and leading as a captain in that way. I’m glad we got this result and hopefully it gives us some confidence as we head over to Cornell.”
In the second half, UMass Lowell responded with the equalizer early in the 56th minute. Courtney Coleman scored her second goal of the season after she made some nifty moves past a couple of defenders and buried a shot in the top left corner to tie the match at one goal apiece.
Later in the second stanza, Patterson came through when Dartmouth needed her the most with her team-leading fourth goal of the season. Patterson took a shot from the top of the box that landed in nearly the same spot as her first tally of the night for the game-winning score.
Throughout the remaining 13 minutes in the contest, the Big Green defense thwarted any attempt of a River Hawks comeback, which included a nice save by Big Green senior goalkeeper, Casey Cousineau in the game’s final 44 seconds.
“I thought in the first half we did a really good job of not allowing chances and not allowing them to get into a rhythm,” Rainey said. “They took some chances and got a little more possession in the second half and it forced us to take some things away from them. I also felt that Lindsey Knutson did a very nice job snuffing out a lot of attacks, as they threw a ton of numbers forward.”
Dartmouth will conclude its season on the road this Saturday in Ithaca against the Big Red at 2:30 p.m.