Dartmouth's Meredith Gurnee scored her second goal of the season in the 55th minute to defeat Vermont 1-0 Tuesday night at Virtue Field in a defensive battle between the intrastate rivals.
"We played really well as a team. It wasn't our best game, but it's really good to get a one goal win and we worked really hard," Gurnee said.
After a scoreless first half the Catamounts got a quality chance in the 51st minute. Caitie Green and Nikki McFarland worked a give and go that released McFarland in the box. Amidst some traffic McFarland fired a hard low shot that was parried away by the Big Green's Casey Cousineau.
Minutes later Gurnee scored the eventual game-winner after receiving a pass at midfield. Gurnee dribbled into space pulling just ahead of a Vermont defender before firing a shot off the post and in past the Catamounts Coco Speckmaier (7 Saves). Gurnee's fifth career game-winning goal was also her third career marker against Vermont.
"It was a good match. We defended a lot, but we also put one goal away and kept the shutout, so I'm proud of our defense and the whole team effort," Gurnee said.
The Catamounts best chance at an equalizer came in the 89th minute off a free kick from just past midfield. Sarah Martin fired a shot from distance that Cousineau just corralled as it headed for the upper left corner.
"These guys wanted to win. We've been unbeaten in our last four games, coming off of three wins, a couple of those on the road, so we definitely wanted to carry that into conference," UVM head coach, Kristi Lefebvre said. "We have a lot of respect for Dartmouth. They're a great team. We're happy with how we played, but we would have liked to have put away some of those chances."
Cousineau made seven saves as she collected her fifth shutout of the season.
Parts of this story courtesy: UVM Athletics
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