BOSTON, Mass. – In a cold rain soaked affair women's soccer and Rhode Island College played to a 1-1 Little East Conference tie Saturday afternoon at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 1, Rhode Island College 1 (2OT)
UMass Boston (1-8-1, 1-1-1 Little East Conference)
Rhode Island College (3-6-1, 1-1-1 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a Anchorwomen goal in the 65th minute even the score at 1-1, the two teams played their first overtime conference match of the 2017 campaign. A majority of the two overtime frames were played in the middle third of the field, however the best opportunity in the extra frames came from the Beacons.
At the 100th minute mark, Taylor Bilyak (Willington, Conn.) got the ball behind the Anchorwomen's backline. She would then make a nice touch around RIC's goalkeeper giving her a wide-open chance to end Saturday's affair. Unfortunately, the shot from Bilyak did not have enough on it as RIC's Vanessa Costa made a sliding stop to push the ball wide of the goal to keep the game even at 1-1.
In the second OT, RIC would control the chances rattling-off three solid opportunities. Brooke Young sent a pair of shots just wide in the 109th and 110th minutes.
UMass Boston did strike first in the crucial Little East Conference match-up. Freshman standout Madison Grabowski (Easthampton, Mass.) recorded her first goal of the week, and third in LEC play when she tapped in a perfectly placed cross from Jessi Beverlin (Eagle River, Alaska). Standing uncontested on the far side of the goal, Beverlin found her teammate waiting for a chance as she dropped the ball into the box.
The Beacons nearly made a 2-0 game moments later when Kayleigh LaFreniere (Hanover, Mass.) put a shot on goal, but was stopped by Erica Edwards. The Beacons would lead 6-5 in the first half in shots, but would fail to get the insurance tally.
In the second half, RIC picked-up the pressure and would tie the match on a Katherine Carrillo score, her first of the season. Very much like Grabowski's, Carrillo was left uncontested on the far side of the box. Brittany DeGrooth dropped in a cross which Carrillo took out of the air. Her one-timer arced right over the Beacons goalkeeper Alyssa Fugiel (Easthampton, Mass.) to tie the score at 1-1.
After the equalizer was scored, RIC nearly took their first lead of the night on a pair of long range dropping shots that nearly beat Fugiel. However, the junior goalkeeper held her line and was able to push the ball wide or over the net to keep the score even.
Fugiel, who made her 2017 debut on Saturday, registered eight saves in the draw. Edwards tallied 10 stops as she improved to 0-4-1 on the year.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston led Saturday's contest 20-18 in shots, 12-9 in shots on goal
- The Beacons also held a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks
- Neither team registered a shot on goal in the second overtime, but did manage one a-piece in the first OT
- With the draw, UMB extends their unbeaten streak against RIC to 10-straight games (8-0-2)
- The Beacons have not conceded a loss to the Anchorwomen since September 15, 2007
- All-time UMB is now 9-12-2 against RIC
The Beacons will host Wentworth Institute of Technology on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a non-conference match.