Andrews' Late Goal Pushes Beacons Past Brandeis 2-1 In Double Overtime

BOSTON, Mass.—Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) scored with less than 90 seconds to go in double overtime to lift UMass Boston women's soccer (12-4-0) to their second-straight victory over a regionally-ranked squad with a 2-1 victory over Brandeis University (9-5-1) Thursday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Field. 

The Beacons, ranked 10th in New England, picked up their sixth-straight victory and have now won 10 of their past 11. Brandeis, ranked seventh in the region, had their season-high winless streak stretch to four, after dropping their second overtime game in the past three contests.

Andrews took a tremendous lead pass from Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, Mass.) and pushed her second touch past a charging Michelle Savuto, before finishing with her left foot. The goal ended a tense 40 minutes, as the two teams had been tied since the 70th minute of play.

Cristoforo finished the contest with a goal and an assist for her second multi-point game of the year. The goal was the first of the season for the senior, who earned All-Region Honors in 2012 after finishing with eight goals.

Junior goalie Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) made eight stops in the contest for UMass Boston, while Savuto took the loss despite making nine saves on 11 shots on goal.

Sapir Edalati scored the lone goal of the day for the Judges, snapping a 406:02 scoreless streak that dated back to October 8.

The two teams finished with virtually identical team statistics, with UMass Boston holding a slight edge in both shots (22-21) and shots on goal (11-9). UMass Boston did manage a 7-3 edge in corner kicks for the afternoon.

Cristoforo got the Beacons onto the scoreboard at the 33:11 mark when she recorded her first marker of the season. The senior midfielder found a loose ball in the box after an Amanda Pugliese (Pembroke, Mass.) corner and flicked it over Savuto's head for a 1-0 lead.

Brandeis answered in the 70th minute when Edalati scored her eighth tally of the season. Edalati lifted a high floating shot into the wind from 30 yards out that drifted just under the bar to tie the game at 1-1.

Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) nearly answered right away for UMass Boston, but Savuto managed to make two sliding saves, to keep the nation's second-leading scorer off the board.

After a quiet final 20 minutes of regulation and first nine of overtime, Ledin nearly put the game away, but sent her last-second shot wide as the horn blew. Junior midfielder Ericka Garufi (Milton, Mass.) forced a turnover just outside the box and snuck by another defender, but by the time her cross arrived on Ledin's foot, the clock was under two seconds, and Ledin's rushed shot was well off the mark.

UMass Boston finally put the game away with 79 seconds to play, thanks to some terrific work from two of their senior captains.

Cristoforo came up with a loose ball just short of midfield and after a few dribbles sent a lead pass to Andrews who was guarded by two Judges; the Beacons senior forward split the two defenders and rushed onto the ball in front of the charging goalie, before sending the ball wide of Savuto on her second touch and netting her 14th career game-winner on the third.

UMass Boston will travel to Plymouth State University Saturday at 1:00 p.m. for a key Little East Conference matchup.