W. soccer tames top-20 Huskies
The Dartmouth women's soccer team is on a high. For the second time in six days, the Big Green thwarted a nationally ranked team when they defeated University of Connecticut 4-2 at the rain-drenched Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn., on Wednesday.
The win was sweeter because the game was the 12th time the Big Green had played the 18th-ranked Huskies, and it was their first ever victory.
Dartmouth sophomore Devon Haskell started the rout when she blasted the ball into the net after UConn keeper Shanna Caldwell had made a fine save in the 25th minute. Dartmouth held on to its slim lead until the intermission.
In the second half, senior co-captian Jessica Post decided to take matters into her own hands. On the hour mark, Post scored her first goal off a pass from Haskell.
Four minutes later the Huskies had pulled back within one when Jen Carlson scored on a well-timed header.
But at the 75th minute mark, Dartmouth regained its two-goal advantage when junior Katie Price scored off an assist from Post. Post is now tied with Melissa Roth '00 for the school record of 21 assists.
The UConn women continued to put up a fight, and in the 89th minute, they notched another goal.
But Post decided to step onto the scene and make sure there would be no last-minute theatrics. In the 90th minute, Dartmouth won a free-kick just outside the box and Post calmly slotted it into the goal.
Dartmouth goalie Kristin Luckenbill '01 had another outstanding game with five saves. Huskies Goalie Shanna Caldwell had one.
Dartmouth plays its next game against Columbia University tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. It now has a 9-3 overall record and a 2-1 Ivy record. Uconn's record stands at 12-5-1.
The Big Green plays most of its last six games against ranked opponents. It plays number eight Hartford on Oct. 25 and then hosts Harvard and Brown, ranked second and seventh in the Northeast, respectively.
Dartmouth's offense this season has been as good as it has ever been with 97 shots on goal to its opponents' 33. And more importantly, it has scored 25 goals in 11 games.
Dartmouth is also 7-0 when scoring first this season. Columbia will be overly cautious in the first half tomorrow, especially goalie Janine Ierardi, who has already conceeded 23 goals this season.