Women's Soccer Makes It Four In A Row With 3-0 Win Over Colby-Sawyer College

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's soccer struck for two goals in the first 21 minutes and never looked back, as the Beacons (6-3) downed Colby-Sawyer College (9-2) 3-0 Wednesday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Field.

Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) registered two goals and added an assist, while Tayla Andrews added the third tally of the day, to help the Beacons earn their fourth straight win.

Senior co-captain Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, Mass.) recorded her second assist of the year, to lift UMass Boston to their fourth win in five tries at home. 

Redshirt sophomore Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) extended her shutout streak to three consecutive games, by making two saves on two shots for her fourth blank sheet of the year.

Colby-Sawyer saw its five-game shutout and winning streak come to an end, as sophomore Karley Hamilton allowed three goals on seven shots on goal. Hamilton came into the contest having allowed just two goals on 43 total shots, with both goals coming in their only prior loss, a 2-1 overtime defeat to Gordon College.

Andrews put the Beacons on the board at 8:26, when she took a pass from Ledin at the top of the box, spun around a defender and sent a slow shot through Hamilton's legs for a 1-0 UMass Boston lead.

The Beacons doubled their lead in the 21st minute. Cristoforo simultaneously intercepted a Chargers pass and sent a through ball to Ledin, who beat one defender and shielded off a second Colby-Sawyer player, before sending a low shot into the side netting for a 2-0 lead.

UMass Boston dominated the rest of the half, earning a 7-2 shot advantage over the first half and a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.

Ledin effectively put the game out of reach less than two minutes into the second half, when she scored her team-leading 11th tally of the season. The junior forward drew a foul in the box and then proceeded to drive the ensuing penalty kick into the side netting for a 3-0 lead.

Colby-Sawyer picked up the pressure from there, but couldn't beat Spain, who was forced to make one terrific save on the afternoon.

The Chargers managed 10 shots in the second half, but still trailed the Beacons for the game 15-12 and 7-2 on shots on goals. UMass Boston also held a commanding 10-1 advantage in corner kicks on the afternoon.

With the win, UMass Boston improves to 2-0 all-time against Colby-Sawyer, after earning a 2-1 victory last season in New London, N.H.

UMass Boston will take to the road Saturday, when the Beacons travel to take on Eastern Connecticut State University at 3 p.m.