A pair of goals by senior Emma Brush and stellar defense propelled the Dartmouth women’s soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Fordham on Friday evening at Burnham Field.
Brush may have led the team on the offensive side with five points, but it was the Dartmouth (1-2) defense that stole the show in the home opener, by not allowing the Rams a single shot.
The Big Green attack blitzed the Fordham (1-4-1) defense with 19 shots, including a late penalty kick goal by senior Chrissy Lozier.
Dartmouth’s fierce offense was too much for the Rams to contain in the second half, allowing for ten corner kicks, eight came in the second half.
In the 17th minute, the Big Green got on the board, when Brush stole a ball from inside the Fordham box and put it behind Ally White for the 1-0 lead.
Ten minutes later, Dartmouth cashed-in on a pair of quick passes from sophomore Corey Delaney and brush to sophomore Lucielle Kozlov. Kozlov accepted the cross feed sailing over White’s head and hit the far post for the tally.
Dartmouth finished the first half with a commanding 14-0 lead in shots. Three minutes into the second half, a crisp through ball from Lozier found a streaking Brush up the middle for her second goal of the night.
Holding a comfortable 3-0 lead, the Big Green settled down the offense until the 62nd minute when Fordham committed a foul inside the box, allowing Lozier to convert on a penalty kick.
Big Green starting goalkeeper junior Tatiana Saunders and freshman Casey Cousineau were credited with a combined shutout, despite not being asked to make a save. Fordham’s White and second half replacement Megan Fitzgerald made five saves combined.
With the win, Dartmouth will head back on the road for a pair of tough contests against Connecticut on Sunday at 1 pm and then have a week off until meeting St. John’s on Friday, Sept. 20 at 5 pm at Belson Stadium. The St. John’s game can be seen live on ESPN3.