BOSTON, Mass.—In their third thrilling victory in six days, UMass Boston rallied from a two-goal deficit over the final 33 minutes to stay undefeated and earn a 3-2 victory over Bridgewater State at the Clark Athletic Center Field Thursday afternoon.
The Beacons (5-0) kept their longest undefeated streak to begin a season alive, behind goals from Alli Modzelewski (Newtown, Conn.), Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, Mass.).
Sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) moved to 4-0 on the season by making three saves on five shots.
UMass Boston fell into a 2-0 deficit at halftime against a Bridgewater State (3-2-1) team they had defeated in each of the past two seasons.
Mackenzie Hatfield took advantage of a UMass Boston turnover in front of the net in the 25th minute as she scored her third marker of the season off an assist from sophomore forward Erica Jonasson. Emma Correia notched her first goal in a BSU uniform in the 40th minute as she knocked in a loose ball off a corner kick.
The second half was a completely different story though. UMass Boston outshot the Bears 14-3 in the second stanza, with nine shots on goal.
Modzelewski gave the Beacons life with a marker at the 66:39, when she took an Amanda Pugliese (Pembroke, Mass.) corner and knocked it home. Less than two minutes later, Ledin evened the score. After Ledin was taken down in the box to force the second Beacons penalty kick of the day, her penalty-shot just trickled across the line after Kristen Rowe got a hand on the shot.
Rowe, BSU's senior captain and second half goalie, made six stops in the second stanza but allowed all three goals. Several of her saves were highlight-reel plays that kept the Bears from being blown out.
The Beacons stunned the Bears in the 85th minute, when Cristoforo received the ball from Ledin and Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) and used a soft touch off the side of her foot to land the ball on the near side of the net. It was Cristoforo's second goal in as many games and her third career game-winning goal.
UMass Boston will look to stay perfect Saturday when they host Keene State College in both team's Little East Conference opener. The contest is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.