NORTON, Mass.—Despite two goals from junior Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) and nine saves from Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.), UMass Boston women's soccer fell just short in overtime for the third consecutive season against #31 Wheaton College, dropping a 3-2 decision at Mirrione Stadium Thursday afternoon.
The Beacons looked primed to finally down the Lyons after a 1-0 double overtime loss in 2011 and a 5-4 overtime loss in 2012, but Wheaton College found an equalizer with under six minutes to go in regulation and struck for the game-winner just 56 seconds into overtime.
With the loss, UMass Boston fell to 2-3, while Kristine Braga's overtime tally lifted Wheaton College to 2-2-1 on the year.
Ledin scored her team-leading fourth and fifth goals on the season, while Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) tied Brittany Castillo (Yarmouth, Mass.) for the team-high in assists, with her second of the year.
Spain continued to be a force in net for UMass Boston, posting her third game with nine or more saves.
Kaitlin Montoya, Lauren Corigliano and Braga all scored for the host Lyons who came into the match ranked #31 in the nation and fifth in the New England region.
Despite the Lyons holding a huge 28-12 shot advantage and 5-1 edge in corner kicks, UMass Boston led or were tied for the entire match, thanks to two tallies from their All-American forward.
Ledin struck at the 36:41 mark of the opening half, when she deflected an attempted clear from Wheaton keeper Ali Hinton, ran down the ball along the left side of the net and shot the ball past Hinton with a low strike.
The Lyons didn't take long to find the equalizer, as Montoya took a through-ball from Alex Leonard and sent a shot to the lower-left corner past Spain at 46:29.
Ledin would respond for the Beacons though, as she took a short pass from Andrews in the box, and sent a low kick through traffic into the net for her fifth goal of the year.
After thirty back-and-forth minutes of play, Corigliano tied the score at 2-2, when she chipped a shot over Spain, after finding a loose ball in a scramble in the box.
Both teams would come up with at least one more shot in regulation, but Sam Cristoforo's (Rockland, Mass.) attempt went high and Leonard's attempt with under three minutes to play connected with the crossbar.
The Lyons put the game to rest less than 60 seconds into the first overtime session, when Braga received a through ball from Cat Amick and sent a low shot into the lower, left-hand corner.
UMass Boston will have over a week off before heading to Gorham, Maine for the Little East Conference opener against the University of Southern Maine Huskies.