PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Led by a pair of goals from Kate Leavitt (Plymouth, Mass.) and Madison Grabowski (Easthampton, Mass.) women's soccer finally picked-up a huge Little East Conference win as they defeated Plymouth State University by the final of 5-2 Saturday afternoon at Arold Field.
UMass Boston 5, Plymouth State University 2
UMass Boston (1-6, 1-1 Little East Conference)
Plymouth State University (2-4, 0-2 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After three tough weeks, the Beacons finally got a chance to release some frustration as they completely dominated the Panthers from start-to-finish.
The Beacons wasted no-time getting on the scoreboard, when Grabowski headed a perfectly placed cross by Jaclyn O'Grady (Somers, Conn.). The Beacons defense would then hold strong for the next 24 minutes before Kerri Alexander (Carver, Mass.) gave the Beacons their first multi-goal lead of the season. O'Grady would once again find her open teammate at the top of the box. Alexander would then control the ball as the Panthers defense began to close-in on the senior. Wasting no time, Alexander drove the ball to the top right corner to make it a two-score game.
After the break, Leavitt got in on the action, as she used the long ball to make it a 3-lead in favor of UMB. Jessi Beverlin (Eagle River, Alaska) assisted on the play, as the Beacons offense continued to first on all cylinders.
As time continued to wind down, the Panthers offense did come clawing back scoring a pair of goals in a 10-minute span. With the Panthers trying to post a late second half comeback, Leavitt quickly silenced the opposition as she scored a huge free kick goal with less than six to play in regulation.
Less than two minutes later, Grabowski would tally her second of the day, as Beverlin assisted on the play to seal the huge win for UMB.
Between posts Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) collected her first collegiate win as she made six saves, while Jenna Parson registered six stops in the loss.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win, UMB is now 9-1-1 against the Panthers since 2008
- On the day Plymouth State outshot the Beacons 18-14, but it was UMB who lead in shots on goal (11-8)
- The Panthers also held a slim advantage in corner kicks, 4-3
- Beverlin's two assist day was the first of her career, while Leavitt's multi-goal game was the first of her college career
The Beacons will travel to Salem State University on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. non-conference match.