BOSTON, Mass.—All-Region forward Emily Becher scored twice and Little East Conference league-leaders Eastern Connecticut State University limited UMass Boston women's soccer to just three shots on goal Friday evening.
Eastern Connecticut State University 3, UMass Boston 0
(UMass Boston 2-10-2, Little East 1-3-1)
(Eastern Connecticut State 9-3-2, Little East 4-0-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Becher and junior midfielder McKenzie Reimondo provided all the offense needed to help 17th year head coach Chris D'Ambrosio earn his 200th career victory. The four time Little East Conference Coach of the Year improved to 200-98-30 and became the first coach in program history to reach the 200 win mark.
Becher scored the Warriors first and third goals in the contest to add to her team-leading total of eight goals. Reimondo accounted for an assist on all three goals, with Rachel Berkowsky finding the back of the net on the team's second goal.
UMass Boston sophomore Alyssa Fugiel (Easthampton, Mass.) returned in net after a one-game absence and stopped 11 of the 14 shots she faced. Fellow sophomore Kate Leavitt (Plymouth, Mass.) led the Beacons with her three shots and two shots on goal.
On the other side, Kayla Labrecque improved to 7-2-2 by stopping three shots.
Both of Becher's goals came on similar plays, with the Warriors opening up the Beacons' back four and then feeding Becher one-on-one with Fugiel. Becher scored her first goal at 13:11, before tacking on the final at 73:26.
The Warriors second goal was the backbreaker, as Berkowsky managed to body a shot just past Fugiel-off a late corner kick with less than three seconds left in the first half.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Eastern Connecticut State outshot the Beacons 21-5 and 14-3 in shots on goal. The Warriors also earned a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
- Fugiel has now stopped 10 or more shots in eight of her 13 starts. She has posted 35 more saves than the next closest LEC goalie and is averaging 9.25 saves per conference game.
- The Warriors improved to 21-3-2 all-time against UMass Boston.
UMass Boston will take to the road for their next three contests, with the Beacons traveling to Framingham State University on Wednesday at 4 p.m.