Dartmouth junior Grace Haskell scored twice off corners in the late stages of a tight game to lift the Indians to a 2-0 win over first place Durfee, tightening the race for the Southeast Conference title down the stretch.
With the win, the Indians improve to 8-1-4 overall and 5-1-1 in the SEC. The lone blemish on that record came at the hands of Durfee, 2-1 back on September 21. What could end up costing Dartmouth a share of the title though is an early season, 1-1 tie against New Bedford.
Durfee started the season red hot, going 7-0-1 before finally succumbing to non-league foe Dighton-Rehoboth on September 30. The Hilltoppers are now 9-2-2 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Durfee still controls its own destiny though.
The Toppers have a game in hand on Dartmouth and if they can pull off wins against New Bedford tomorrow and Bridgewater-Raynham on October 19, they will win the conference championship. In its previous meetings, Durfee defeated New Bedford, 3-0 at home and dominated Bridgewater-Raynham, 6-0 in Bridgewater.
Dartmouth, which is currently on a roll, going 6-0-2 over its last eight games, has one league contest remaining, against New Bedford on October 21.
A look at the current league standings: