MIDDLETOWN, Conn.—Despite a huge collegiate debut from Maranda Caruso (Kingston, Mass.) in net, UMass Boston women's soccer fell short Thursday evening to host Wesleyan University (Conn.).
Wesleyan University 3, UMass Boston 0
(UMass Boston 0-2)
(Simmons College 1-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Forced into emergency action, Caruso made 13 saves on 16 shots, to keep the Beacons in the game all evening long. She stopped seven shots in the first half and tacked on six more in the second stanza.
Liz Young, Nicole Brodkowitz and Emily Ribatt all scored for the hosts, who earned a season-opening win over the Beacons for a second-straight year.
Young opened the scoring at 19:25 and Brodkowitz pushed the lead to 2-0 just before half, when she converted a penalty kick at 41:49. Ribatt closed out the scoring at 53:43 on a shot from just outside the box.
Wesleyan dominated the ball for much of the contest and built a 39-3 edge in shots and 16-1 advantage in shots on goal.
Caruso was able to stop the first five shots she faced and the Cardinals added a shot that went off the bar, before opening the scoring.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Wesleyan improved to 3-1 all-time against the Beacons and 3-0 over the past three seasons.
- Caruso is the fourth different Beacons goalie to start against the Cardinals in four years. Kristen Spain ('15) earned the start in 2014, while Alyssa Hachey (2015) and Alyssa Fugiel (East Longmeadow, Mass.) started the past two years.
- Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) posted the Beacons' lone shot on goal, while Kerri Alexander (Carver, Mass.) and Eryn Kelly (Plymouth, Mass.) each chipped in a shot.
UMass Boston will have a quick turnaround, as they'll travel to take on Roger Williams University on Saturday at Noon.