September 29, 2012

Women's Soccer Knocks Down Southern Maine 3-0

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston (9-1, 3-0) responded well to their first loss of the season with an efficient 3-0 victory over Southern Maine (1-9, 0-3) in a Little East Conference contest Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Field.

Sophomore Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) led the Beacons high-powered attack with two goals, while midfielder Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, Mass.) added the game-winning goal and an assist. For Cristoforo, it was her third game-winning goal of the season. 

Midfielders Julie Nutting (Rockland, Mass.) and Brittany Castillo (Yarmouth, Mass.) each picked up an assist in the win.

Goalkeeper Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) notched her fifth shutout of the season, by making two saves. Spain has now recorded a shutout in four of her past five contests.

Senior goalkeeper Katie Cobb earned her first start of the season and was huge in net for the Huskies. Cobb made a season-high seven stops, while allowing three goals.

The Beacons dominated the game from the start, owning the ball for the majority of the first half and getting the better end of the chances. It took less than 10 minutes for UMass Boston to get on the board, when the Rockland connection made it 1-0. Nutting passed the ball to Cristoforo at the top of the box and Cristoforo hit a line drive through traffic that beat Cobb to the far post.

The second-half was dominated by Ledin who scored her league-high 12th and 13th goals of the season within a 15-minute span. In the 62nd minute, Ledin took a corner-kick pass from Castillo in traffic and flicked the ball into the net on a shot off the back of her heel.

Fifteen minutes later, Ledin received a pass from Cristoforo and sent the ball high over Cobb's head into the top part of the netting. 

Southern Maine had two great chances to get on the board late in the game but fell short on both accounts.

In the 81st minute, Emma Pooler sent a terrific shot from the top of the box towards the top right-corner, but Spain went up and made a leaping save to keep the shutout intact. Seven minutes later, Pooler had a breakaway chance but her shot went well wide of the net from the top of the box.

The Beacons finished with a 26-7 shot advantage and grabbed a 7-2 edge in corner kicks.

With the win, UMass Boston extended their winning streak over the Huskies to five straight games.

UMass Boston will return to the pitch Wednesday in New Hampshire at 3:30 when they take on the Colby-Sawyer College Chargers.