DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Sophomore Carlie Dreyfus's (Stafford Springs) tie-breaking goal with 18 minutes left lifted Eastern Connecticut State University to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the opening Little East Conference women's soccer match for both programs Saturday afternoon at Cressy Field.
Eastern (2-5) overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to win its first one-goal match after three losses this year and stretch its winning streak over UMD (1-4) to nine and its unbeaten streak to 24 (23-0-1).
Each of Eastern's goal-scorers recorded their second goals of the season and the assists were the first of the season for three others. Seven of the team's nine goals this year have come in its two victories.
Senior Ella Rath's direct kick from 30 yards gave the host Corsairs the early edge 9:31 into the contest and she followed up in the 69th minute to tie the score at 2-all after senior Stephanie Sanchez (Manchester) and freshman Juliette Hogan (Preston) had scored five minutes apart early in the second half to boost the Warriors into a 2-1 lead.
Rath converted her second long range direct kick to knot the score and set up the game-winner from Dreyfus, who converted a feed from junior Nina Langton (Bolton) on the deciding goal. The point was the first in Langton's career.
Sanchez' tying goal 11 minutes into the second half and come off a feed from senior Abbey Fitzsimmons (West Hartford) from the left side, and the Warriors grabbed their 2-1 cushion five minutes later when Hogan was set up on a pass from sophomore Haley Montesanto's (East Haven).
Senior Erin Collins (Millis, Mass.) picked up her second win of the season with five-save effort, while junior Jaimee O'Brien also made five stops in the setback for UMass Dartmouth.
The Corsairs held a 12-10 edge in overall shots, but the Warriors had an 8-7 advantage in shots on goal. Eastern did not allow a corner kick for the first time this season.
Eastern hosts UMass Boston in an LEC contest Saturday at 4 p.m.