BOSTON, Mass.—Western Connecticut State University raced out to a 2-0 halftime lead and never looked back, as they earned a 4-1 win, to spoil UMass Boston women's soccer's Senior Day on the final day of the LEC Regular Season.
Western Connecticut State 4, UMass Boston 1
(UMass Boston 5-11-2, Little East 3-3-1)
(Western Connecticut State 15-1-2, Little East 6-0-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Andrea DeVoe scored just 68 seconds into the contest to give the Colonials the lead for good, as they wrapped up an unbeaten LEC regular season.
The two-time defending LEC Champions will go into the LEC Tournament as the number two seed, after losing a tiebreaker against #1 Eastern Connecticut State University.
UMass Boston will be the fourth seed in the Little East Conference Tournament and will host either Rhode Island College or UMass Dartmouth in the Little East Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
Prior to Saturday's contest, UMass Boston honored seniors Kerri Alexander (Carver, Mass.), Cassie Levesque (Metheun, Mass.) and Jessi Beverlin (Eagle River, Alaska). The trio have helped the Beacons earn three LEC Tournament appearances, including earning an LEC Regular Season Title and a trip to the LEC Championship Game as freshmen.
Junior goalie Alyssa Fugiel (Easthampton, Mass.) put together the best performance of her junior season in the loss. She made a season-high 18 saves on 22 shots, including stopping 10 shots in the second half.
Freshman Madison Grabowski (Easthampton, Mass.) added the Beacons' lone goal off a pass from Beverlin.
Andrea Devoe, Jasmine Grey, Allison Oakley and Emily Beard all scored for the visitors, who earned their fifth-straight win over the Beacons.
In net, Jillian Fernandez made two saves on three shots to improve to 12-0-1 on the year.
Devoe gave the Colonials a 1-0 lead just 68 seconds into the game. Aileen Maloney crossed the ball into the six-yard box and Devoe settled it, before ripping a right-footed shot from five-yards out.
UMass Boston was able to keep the Colonials off the scoreboard for the next 40 minutes, thanks to great play from Fugiel. The junior tapped one free kick from Beard over the bar and was very aggressive in dealing with eight Colonial corner kicks.
The Colonials finally added an insurance goal at 41:35 on a fluke play. After Levesque cleared a ball off the goal line on a corner kick, UMass Boston cleared the box and looked to be out of trouble. Western's Grey was content to boot the ball back towards net from 40-yards out, but the ball took a bounce and skipped through Fugiel's hands for a 2-0 advantage.
UMass Boston cut the deficit in half easly in half two. Beverlin dribbled through several players at the top of the box and forced Fernandez to come off her line. Beverlin lost the ball amidst two defenders, but was able to flick it to the near side for Grabowski. The freshman calmly raced towards the ball and sent a right-footed blast past a scrambling defender to cut the deficit to 2-1 at 53:30.
That would be as close as the Beacons would get, as the Colonials tacked on two late insurance goals to put the game away.
Oakley pounced on a Jenna Barron rebound and tapped home from two yards out at 66:56 to push the lead back to 3-1. With under 10 minutes left, Brooke Hellman sent a centering feed into the box for Beard, and Beard crushed a shot into the upper left-90 for a 4-1 advantage.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston suffered their first loss of the season at home. They head into Tuesday night's LEC Quarterfinal home game with a 3-1-1 record at James Cotter Field.
- The Colonials outshot the Beacons 30-7 and earned a 10-7 edge in corner kicks.
- Western lost the tiebreaker to be the number one overall seed on the fourth LEC tiebreaker. The Colonials and Warriors posted identical results against every opponent, but the Colonials allowed five goals in LEC play, while the Warriors limited their foes to just three goals.
- In her last three starts against the Colonials, Fugiel has made 52 saves on 59 shots. She has posted at least 17 saves in all three games.
- During the regular season, UMass Boston tied Rhode Island College 1-1 in their LEC home opener and defeated UMass Dartmouth 4-0.
UMass Boston will host an LEC Quarterfinal Game on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.