SALEM, Mass. – A goal in the 62nd minute by Salem State's Casey McFall proved to be the deciding tally as the Vikings handed women's soccer a 2-1 non-conference loss Tuesday evening at Alumni Field.
UMass Boston 1, Salem State University 2
UMass Boston (1-7-0)
Salem State (3-4-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The game-winning tally for the Vikings came when McFall lofted a shot from the left side after she received a pass from Meg McFarland. Salem State wasted no-time getting on the scoreboard in Tuesday's match as McFall set-up McFarland in the 10th minute to register the game's first goal.
Thirteen minutes later Jaclyn O'Grady (Somers, Mass.) evened the score at 1-1 thanks to another great set-up play by Madison Grabowski (Easthampton, Mass.). Grabowski found her teammate after beating out a Salem State defender. She then crossed the ball into the box, where O'Grady connected perfectly.
On the night, UMB continued show improvement following their huge 5-2 win over Plymouth State University on Saturday. The Beacons peppered the Vikings through the first 45 minutes. However, their offense went cold early on in the second, but came alive in the final minutes.
UMB nearly tied the match at two goals apiece but were denied by Amanda Backe in the 87th minute.
Between the posts Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) combined for eight stops through 70 minutes of playing time. Jessie Tenaglia (Braintree, Mass.) stepped back in goal for the Beacons and made three huge stops over the final 20 minutes of play.
Backe ended the night with five saves as she improved to 2-3 on the year.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time UMass Boston fell to 0-2-2 against the Vikings
- The Beacons have now faced the Vikings for four straight seasons (2014-17); Having never faced Salem State prior to the 2014 season
- For Grabowski she has now recorded at-least one point in the last three matches and has combined for six total points (2g, 2a) during that span
The Beacons will travel to Curry College on Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. non-conference game.