MILTON, Mass.—Curry College struck for two goals in less than two minutes to earn a 2-1 non-conference victory over UMass Boston women's soccer on Thursday night at Walter M. Katz Field.
Curry College 2, UMass Boston 1
(UMass Boston 1-8)
(Curry College 7-2-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The host Colonels scored two early second-half goals and held off a late Beacons' push to extend their unbeaten streak to six-straight.
UMass Boston senior Kerri Alexander (Carver, Mass.) struck for her third goal of the season with just under 10 minutes left. Fellow senior Jessi Beverlin (Eagle River, Alaska) picked up an assist on the play.
In net, sophomore goalie Jessie Tenaglia (Braintree, Mass.) stopped seven shots on the evening to fall to 0-3 on the year.
Sarah McGrath paced the way offensively for the hosts with the game-winning goal and an assist. Cassandra Grasso added the other goal for the Colonels.
UMass Boston controlled the action and the chances throughout the first half, as they built a 6-2 advantage in shots and 3-1 edge in shots on goal.
The Beacons best chance of the half came in the 26th minute. Taylor Bilyak (Willington, Conn.) sent a corner kick into the six-yard box and Kate Leavitt (Plymouth, Mass.) headed it hard on target, only to have Curry goalie Kristin Buzzotta step in front of the shot and parry it away.
Curry came out roaring out of halftime and scored on their second and third shots of the second stanza.
On a counter attack that started just inside the Beacons' half, McGrath found Grasso in behind the defense. Grasso's initial shot was stopped by Tenaglia, but the rebound ricocheted hard off Grasso and into the net from 15-yards out.
The Colonels made it 2-0 just 1:16 later. This time the Colonels were able to control the ball around the top of the box, before Korinna Tsonis found McGrath. McGrath evaded one tackle, before slipping a shot just underneath Tenaglia at 52:08.
UMass Boston cut into the deficit at 80:58. Beverlin found Alexander at the edge of the box on the far side, and Alexander dribbled past her defender, before ripping a right-footed shot over the keeper and into the upper right-corner of the net.
The Beacons' last good chance of the game came with less than five minutes left. After drawing a foul just outside the box, Leavitt sent a low shot that was knocked away by a defender.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot their opponent for the first time this season. The Beacons held a 14-12 edge in shots, but fell 9-8 in shots on goal. UMass Boston also claimed a 7-4 lead in corner kicks.
- Alexander tied her career-high with three goals in a single-season. She has scored a goal in two of the team's last three games.
- Tenaglia earned her first start since returning from injury. She had not started since September 9 against Roger Williams University.
- Thursday's meeting marked the first-ever official game between the two sides. UMass Boston and Curry played to a 1-1 tie in their spring exhibition game.
UMass Boston will finally head home after opening the season on a nine-game road trip. The Beacons will host Rhode Island College on Saturday at 1 p.m. in their Little East Conference opener.