Two Second Half Goals Carry Women’s Soccer To Conference Win

Two Second Half Goals Carry Women’s Soccer To Conference Win

GORHAM, Maine  – Junior Jaclyn O'Grady (Somers, Conn.) and freshman Kayleigh LaFreniere (Hanover, Mass.) each scored a goal in the second half to lead women's soccer to a 2-0 Little East Conference win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 2, University of Southern Maine 0

UMass Boston (3-8-1, 2-1-1 Little East Conference)
Southern Maine (2-9-0, 0-4-0 Little East Conference)

HOW IT HAPPENED

After a scoreless 67 minutes of action, UMB was finally able to get on the board when O'Grady timed her run to connect with a through ball from senior Kerri Alexander (Carver, Mass.) for the lead.  O'Grady was able to push the ball to the right side of Taylor Canastra who aggressively came off of her line to attempt and disrupt the scoring bid.

The Beacons sealed the win in the 81st minute when LaFreniere roofed a shot to the top of the next for her first goal of the season.  LaFreniere collected a rebound off-of Alexander's initial shot, which hit the near-side post before landing at LaFreniere's feet.

Despite holding a 7-1 lead in shots through the first half, the Beacons found themselves locked in a scoreless draw after the first 45 minutes thanks in large part to the outstanding goalkeeping of USM Taylor Canastra.  Canastra made five saves in the opening stanza to keep the Huskies in the game. 

UMB had a 19-4 advantage in shots and a 6-2 lead in corner kicks.  Canastra turned in a strong performance in the loss making 10 saves.  Junior Alyssa Fugiel (Easthampton, Mass.) earned the shutout making a second-half save.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • With the win UMass Boston extends their unbeaten streak to three (2-0-1)
  • Women's Soccer now sits fourth in the conference standings at 2-1-1
  • All-time UMB is now 11-13 against the Huskies
  • The Beacons have now won 11-straight over USM dating back to October 2, 2008
  • The Beacons now own seven shutouts over the Huskies and have outscored UMB during their win-streak 28-5
  • Saturday's shutout marked the 10th in the career of Fugiel, which ranks her third all-time in program history

WHO'S NEXT

The Beacons will travel to Colby-Sawyer College on Wednesday for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference match.