HANOVER, N.H. - With just over 10 minutes to play in the second half, junior Lauren Lucas broke the scoreless tie to lift the Dartmouth women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over FIU at Burnham Field Friday night.
The goal, which came in the 80th minute, was assisted by senior co-captain Bianca Ribi.
The Big Green opened the 2017 season on a high note and are now 1-0-0, while the Panthers dip to 0-2-0.
“I am really proud of the effort from the team tonight,” head coach Ron Rainey said. “It was a game where we generated chances. I thought Florida International was organized defensively, and then, as they pressed us a little bit in the second half, I thought our defense played really well. Overall, I am proud of how the team came through these 10 days of preseason and really got off to a great start for the year.”
The Big Green controlled the tempo of the game, outshooting the Panthers, 11-7, with five of those 11 on target. Junior Remy Borinsky posted three shots, one of which threatened to break the tie, but the Panthers’ goalie Nevena Stojakovic made the save.
FIU held more control in the early minutes of the second half and it appeared as if overtime was imminent until Dartmouth put together a beautiful play directly in front of Stojakovic’s net late in the half. Ribi received the ball to the left of the cage and passed to Lucas, who was surrounded by Panther defenders. The junior managed to free the ball and kick it through one of the FIU players’ legs using her non-dominant foot, and watched as the ball rolled past the unsuspecting goalkeeper.
Green goalie Mariel Gordon made her collegiate start on Friday, playing the entirety of the game, and coming away with two saves. Also appearing in a green and white uniform for the first time were fellow freshmen Erin Kawakami, Lorna MacFarlane and Bonnie Shea.
"Tonight, Mariel was making all the saves and talking to our defense, so she was able to clean a lot of things up," Rainey continued. "I am really happy she was able to get her first shut out.”
Dartmouth returns to action on Sunday when it hosts Stony Brook at 1 p.m.