NORTH DARTMOUTH, MASS 10/22/11- Senior captain Sia Karamourtopoulos's (Fremont, N.H.) goal late in the second half lifted the Keene State College women's soccer team to a 3-2 come-from-behind Little East Conference win over UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday.
With the win, Keene State (12-6, 6-0 LEC) remains undefeated in conference play and on top of the Little East standings. UMass-Dartmouth falls to 7-8-2 and 2-3-1 in league play. The Owls have won six out of their last seven games.
Trailing, 2-1, the Owls rallied for the win, scoring two goals within a span of 46 seconds in the second half. With 13:28 to play, Keene State sophomore Jessica Berthiaume (Worcester, Mass.) scored, knotting the game at 2-2 when she finished off a pass from sophomore Kara Pavlidis (Lee, N.H.) Less than a minute later, Karamountopoulos chased down a pass from Berthiaume in the Corsair zone and chipped the decisive goal into the upper left corner, securing the 3-2 victory for Keene State. "I was able to break in and get the ball past their goalie," said Karamourtopoulos about her game-winner and third goal of the season. "At this stage of the season, we know we have to continue to win our Little East games."
Karamourtopouls help set up the Owls' first goals in the 43rd minute. After gaining possession in the Corsair zone, she fired a shot that was saved by UMD junior goalkeeper Stephanie Borges (Somerset, Mass.), but ricocheted to Pavlidis, who controlled the loose ball and put a shot into the open right side of the goal. The score remained 1-0 Keene State going into halftime.
Less than five minutes into the second half, Corsair freshman forward Shelby Friedland (New Bedford, Mass.) pulled UMD tied the game at 1-1. Friedland struck again in the 52nd minute, converting a pass from freshman midfielder Danielle Gauvin (Fall River, Mass.) then was challenged by Dempsey at the goal mouth. The two players collided and the ball trickled into the goal, giving UMD a 2-1 advantage.
The Owls outshot the Corsairs, 20-6. Borges made ten saves for UMass Dartmouth, while Megan Dempsey (East Weymouth, Mass.) stopped three shots for Keene State.
The Owls will host Wheaton on Tuesday.