BOSTON, Mass. – Led by a pair of assists from Carly Robinson (Pittsfield, Mass.), women's soccer extended their unbeaten streak to five straight matches as they eased past UMass Dartmouth on their way to a 4-0 win Saturday afternoon at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 4, UMass Dartmouth 0
UMass Boston (4-8-2, 3-1-1 Little East Conference)
UMass Dartmouth (4-11-1, 2-3-0 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons saw four different players find the back of the net, as UMB controlled a majority of the match. Taylor Bilyak (Willington, Conn.) got the afternoon off to a great start for the Beacons, as she recorded the fastest goal of the season from the opening kick-off.
Bilyak gave UMass their earliest lead of 2017 when she beat the entire Corsairs back line off-of a perfect pass from Jaclyn O'Grady (Somers, Conn.). O'Grady threaded the ball through the middle of the Corsairs defense, where Bilyak met the ball at a full sprint. The sophomore transfer then fired the ball to the far post. Corsairs goalkeeper Jaimee O'Brien got her hands on it, but the ball was struck too hard as it still found its way to the back of the net.
UMB netted their second goal just six minutes later to take total control of Saturday's conference match. Senior midfielder Jessi Beverlin (Eagle River, Alaska) put on an excellent display of dribbling and beat a Corsairs back one-on-one. She then dribbled the ball right at O'Brien and laid the shot off just in time to make it a two-score affair.
From there the two teams would spend a majority of the time battling back-and-forth in the middle third of the field. The Corsairs had their fair share of chances, but they were also stopped by Beacons keeper Alyssa Fugiel (Easthampton, Mass.).
With time winding down in the first half, UMB would all but seal the victory as Katy Clark (Scituate, Mass.) knocked in her second goal of the campaign. Setting up Clark's goal was Robinson, who took a freekick from about 35 yards out. The ball would land perfectly in the box, where it deflected off-of Bilyak. That deflection would put the ball directly on Clark's foot, which she then drove home to make it 3-0 just before the break.
After the intermission, UMB put the final nail in the coffin for the Corsairs as Kate Leavitt (Plymouth, Mass.) headed home a Robinson corner kick less than three minutes into the final half of play.
Following the fourth UMass Boston goal, the two teams would once again spend a majority of their time in the middle third of the field, with neither team really having a quality chance at goal. The only real opportunity for the Corsairs to get on the board came late in the second half, when Jaimie Nakamura had a one-on-one chance with the Beacons' Jessie Tenaglia.
Jessie Tenaglia (Braintree, Mass.) would make the huge stop to preserve the Beacons shutout bid, and would cap-off a three save performance for the goalkeeper.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The four goals this season marked the second most for the Beacons behind their five-goal showing, which they recorded at Plymouth State University
- The Beacons unbeaten streak now stands at 3-0-2 and dates back to September 30
- During the Beacons unbeaten streak they have recorded three shutouts, and have outscored their opponents 10-2
- UMass Boston also remains unbeaten on their home field as they improved to 2-0-1 in 2017
- On the day UMass Dartmouth outshot the Beacons 16-11, 7-6 in shots on goal
- The Beacons led 7-3 in corner kick attempts
- O'Brien made two saves in the loss, while Tenaglia and Fugiel registered a total of seven stops respectively
- All-time UMass Boston is now 12-13-2 against UMass Dartmouth
- Since 2006 the Beacons are now 12-1-2 against the Corsairs
- UMB's four goals marks the most scored since 2013 when they earned a 4-0 win on their home field.
The Beacons will travel to Framingham State University on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. non-conference match.