BOSTON, Mass.—Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) scored two goals, to set one program record and to tie another, and UMass Boston women's soccer (1-0) cruised to a 4-0 victory over the University of New England (0-1) on Opening Day at the Clark Athletic Field.
After rewriting the UMass Boston and Little East Conference single season record books as a sophomore, Ledin opened up the 2013 campaign by passing former teammate Kristin Mulry ('12) for the Beacons program record for career points (118) with her first-half goal. Ledin's second tally of the game tied her with Mulry for the UMass Boston career mark for goals scored at 51.
Seniors Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) and Alli Modzelewski (Newtown, Conn.) added the other two goals for UMass Boston, as the Beacons earned a win in their home opener for the 10th straight season. Junior back Brittany Castillo (Yarmouth, Mass.) added a career-high two assists off corner kicks, as the Beacons converted on two of their seven corner kick attempts.
Redshirt sophomore goaltender Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) came up huge in net, making eight first-half saves and nine total, to earn her ninth shutout in 21 career starts.
University of New England senior goaltender Gina Iannazzi kept her team in the game for the first 70 minutes, by stopping 10 of the first 12 shots she faced. Iannazzi finished the game allowing four goals on 15 shots on goal, before being replaced by freshman netminder Brielle Robinson. Robinson made one save in 11 minutes and 13 seconds in her collegiate debut.
Despite losing four starters from their 2012 Little East Conference Championship Team, UMass Boston picked up right where they left off at home, earning their 15th consecutive home victory. Newcomers Ericka Garufi (Milton, Mass.), Kara Peters (Feeding Hills, Mass.) and Alexandria Levesque (Metheun, Mass.) all earned the start in their debuts in Beacons Blue, while Arielle Whipple (Claremont, N.H.) and freshman Hannah Lear (Plymouth, Mass.) and KK DaCosta (Brockton, Mass.) each made their first appearance in a UMass Boston uniform as well.
The Beacons opened up the scoring at 18:48 on the first corner kick of the contest. Castillo drove a long cross to the far post that Andrews headed just over the hand of Iannazzi and under the bar. UMass Boston is now 9-0 all-time when Castillo records an assist.
Ledin doubled the UMass Boston advantage seven minutes later, when she ran down a long through ball and drove a low shot past Iannazzi, just inside the far post at 25:39.
The Nor'Easters responded with a strong period of pressure and nearly cut into the deficit on several occasions. Spain was forced to make several highlight diving saves, the best of which came at the 41:32, when she was forced to dive to her right and make a save with her finger tips on a shot from Jessica Meader.
After a quiet first 25 minutes to start the second half, Modzelewski scored her third career goal, off of another Castillo corner kick. Castillo sent a ball into the box that Modzelewski was able to knock into the back of the net while while sliding towards the goal.
Ledin capped off the scoring at 73:01, when she took a long through ball from Peters and sent a hard shot through the left side to beat Iannazzi. Peters was the only new Beacon to be credited with a point on the day.
UMass Boston spent the final 17 minutes protecting the shutout, as Spain was forced to make just one save in the second half.
The Beacons outshot the Nor'Easters 21-10 for the game, with a 16-9 advantage on shots on goal. UMass Boston also held a 7-4 advantage on corner kicks.
The University of New England will return home Wednesday to host Saint Joseph's College of Maine at 4 p.m. UMass Boston will host #2 Emory University Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Field.