BOSTON, Mass.—Behind a second-half brace from freshman Grace McGettrick (Marshfield, Mass.), UMass Boston women's soccer defeated Western Connecticut State University 3-2 in their 2018 Little East Conference opener.
UMass Boston 3, Western Connecticut State University 2
(UMass Boston 5-3, Little East 1-0)
(Western Connecticut State 2-6, Little East 1-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
UMass Boston earned their first win over the three-time defending LEC Champions since 2013 in a thrilling Saturday afternoon affair.
McGettrick gave UMass Boston the lead just 1:25 after halftime and then added a huge insurance goal at 55:57 to make it 3-1. The Colonials would answer with a goal with just over 10 minutes remaining, but the Beacons were able to hold off the Colonials efforts for a late goal.
Fellow freshman Allie Crawford (Kingston, Mass.) scored her first career goal to tie the game in the first half.
Freshman goalie Abby McCulloch (Weymouth, Mass.) made three saves on five shots and got some help from her defense on an early team save.
For the Colonials, Kaleigh Panek scored her team-leading third goal in the first half to give her team the lead. Jasmine Grey added her first goal of the season at 79:32 to cut the deficit in half in the losing effort.
Sophomore Alexis Lainchbury made five saves on eight shots to fall to 1-6 on the season.
After an even first 20 minutes, Western took advantage of a Beacons mistake to take the lead at 21:49. After a Beacon failed to connect on a clearance, Panek took control of the loose ball and drove a high shot over McCulloch from just outside the 18-yard box.
Crawford answered for UMass Boston in the 36thminute. The Colonials were whistled for a foul 35-yards from their goal and Crawford blasted a shot into the top left netting for a 1-1 tie.
UMass Boston came out of the half on fire. After an early Colonials corner kick, UMass Boston counter attacked and scored the go-ahead goal at 46:25. Jahlyla Ocampo (Braintree, Mass.) found Lindsay Bouscaren (Cambridge, Mass.) just outside the 18-yard box and Bouscaren sent a cross into the center of the box. McGettrick corralled the cross and cut back, before easily slipping a shot inside the near post.
McGettrick made the Colonials pay again at 55:57. Senior Jaclyn O'Grady (Somers, Conn.) delivered a perfect free kick, from deep inside her own half, into the path of a streaking McGettrick and the freshman took two touches, before slipping a low shot past Lainchbury's outstretched hands.
The Colonials made the game interesting with a goal off a free kick of their own. Bailey McCollum drove a free kick into the box and Grey took two hacks at the ball from inside the 6-yard box, before toeing a shot through a number of bodies.
Over the final 10 minutes, UMass Boston limited the Colonials to just one shot and consistently pushed the ball into the corners to kill off the clock.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win, UMass Boston improved to 4-24 all-time against the Colonials. UMass Boston snapped a five-game losing streak against WCSU and earned their fourth home win all-time against the Colonials.
- UMass Boston outshot the visitors 17-14 and earned an 8-6 edge in shots on goals.
- The two teams tied with five corners and 11 fouls.
- McGettrick now leads the Beacons with her three goals on the season.
- UMass Boston has won their Little East Conference in six of the past seven seasons.
- Crawford's goal was just the Beacons' third goal in the first half this season.
- 10 different players have scored a goal for UMass Boston through their first eight games.
UMass Boston will travel to Castleton Unversity on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., in the first-ever conference meeting between the two schools. Castleton won the North Atlantic Conference Tournament last season.