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Bulldogs can't overcome slow start in loss to Lowell

Photo by: DSPics.com
Photo by: DSPics.com

LOWELL, MASS. – Two first-half goals were the difference on Sunday afternoon, as the Bryant University women's soccer team dropped a non-conference match to UMass Lowell.

Game Information

UMass Lowell 2, Bryant 0

Records: UMass Lowell 2-4-2, Bryant 3-3-0

Location: Cushing Field Complex | Lowell, Mass.

Coach Biggs' Comments

"Our slow start put us in a hole from the start of the game today. Our focus and energy picked up as we pushed to get back in the game and we played a solid second half, but we weren't able to find the goal we needed to really threaten their lead."

Key Moment

31 seconds into the match, the River Hawks scored the opening goal as Emily Nelson got in behind and fired a shot high over sophomore Meghan Dalton (West Hartford, Conn.) to give UMass Lowell all they would need.

Scoring Summary

  • 1st minute – UMass Lowell 1, Bryant 0 – Lily Fabian played a long ball over the back line that found the feet of Nelson, who was able to beat the charging Dalton to set up UMass Lowell with the lead.
  • 33rd minute – UMass Lowell 2, Bryant 0 – Rachel Morrier made a run in behind that forced Dalton to come off her line and the keeper undercut Morrier, resulting in a penalty kick. The grad student went to the spot and fired low and right to double the lead.

Stats and Notes

  • Dalton finished the night with four saves, all of which came in the second 45 minutes.
  • Four Bulldogs fired multiple shots, with senior Alex Ralph (Peterborough, Ontario), sophomores Katie Cronin (Feeding Hills, Mass.) and Kylie Ratelle (Chicopee, Mass.) and freshman Corinne Rey (Norton, Mass.) all getting two shots off.
  • Ralph and Cronin put both of theirs on frame, while Rey also put one on net for the Black and Gold.
  • The shot margin ended even, with both teams taking nine.
  • UMass Lowell won the corner battle, earning eight corner kicks to Bryant's three.

Up Next

Bryant's run against America East opposition continues on Thursday when they head to the Southern Tier of New York to take on Binghamton.