PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After a first half stalemate the host Wildcats of Johnson & Wales University used a pair goals in the final five minutes of the second half to hand women's soccer their first loss the 2018 season Friday evening at Miracle Grow Field.
UMass Boston 0, Johnson & Wales University 2
UMass Boston (0-1)
Johnson & Wales (1-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Following the halftime break which saw the score even at 0-0, the host Wildcats erupted offensively. The Beacons defense tried to hold their ground, but JWU managed to slip in the two goals late to secure the victory.
In the 86th minute, sophomore Olivia Cairrao sent in a corner kick that was knocked back to her outside the box. The 2017 GNAC Rookie of the Year launched a shot from 21 yards out that found the top left-hand corner and broke the scoreless tie.
Just 73 seconds later, Cairrao nearly scored again, but her attempt hit the crossbar. Rookie Jordan Restivo was there to head the rebound into the net for her first collegiate goal.
The Beacons which featured 10 freshmen in the starting line-up battled as hard as they could through the first half. JWU held a slim 5-4 advantage in shots through the first 45 minutes of play. However, in the second half, the Wildcats offense kicked it into high gear totaling 22 shots, while the Beacons offense tallied eight attempts.
In her collegiate debut Abby McCulloch (Weymouth, Mass.) was solid throughout the game, as she totaled seven stops all of which came in the second half.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time the Beacons are now 2-4-1 against the Wildcats
- JWU has now won four straight over the Beacons dating back to 1998
- UMass Boston currently features 15 freshmen on their 2018 roster, making it the largest freshmen class for head coach Amy Zombeck
- The Beacons were outshot in the loss 27-12
- JWU had all six of the corner kicks in Friday's non-conference match
The Beacons will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Wellesley College for a 4 pm non-conference game.