CASTLETON, VT.—UMass Boston freshman Mary Jo Murphy (Worcester, Mass.) looped a shot over the keeper's head in the eighth minute of overtime, to lift UMass Boston women's soccer past host Castleton University 1-0 in Little East Conference play.
UMass Boston 1, Castleton U. 0 (OT)
(UMass Boston 6-3, Little East 2-0)
(Castleton U. 3-6, Little East 1-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After dominating the play for all of regulation, UMass Boston finally broke the scoreless tie at 97:34.
Fellow freshman Allie Crawford (Kingston, Mass.) sent a low corner to the near post that was deflected back towards the corner flag. Murphy won a foot race to the ball and pushed it back over to Crawford. Crawford dribbled past the original defender and then pushed a pass forward to an on-rushing Murphy. With another defender rushing towards Murphy, she lifted a shot across the goalmouth and just over the goalie from 15-yards out.
The goal capped off a huge celebration as the entire Beacons team rushed to mob Murphy at the edge of the 18.
UMass Boston controlled the game from start to finish and rarely let the Spartans create anything offensively. Freshman goalie Abby McCulloch (Weymouth, Mass.) was forced to make just three saves in her second-collegiate shutout.
Castleton created their best chance within the first 25 minutes. Makenzi Bellando forced a turnover at the top of the 18, but McCulloch deflected the initial shot, before Bellando sent the second shot well high.
UMass Boston created their first best chance at 42:32. Crawford lifted a shot from well outside the box that caught the underside of the crossbar, before bouncing out to safety.
Sophomore Lindsay Bouscaren (Cambridge, Mass.) came alive in the second half and had several chances to put the Beacons on the board. Her best look came midway through the half, when she blistered a shot off the goalies' hands, that ended up catching the crossbar clean.
The Beacons easily handled Castletons' only chance in overtime, as McCulloch came off her line to catch a corner kick sent into the six-yard box.
Murphy's goalie came on UMass Boston's second chance of the extra session.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot Castleton 23-9, including 14-5 in the second half and 2-0 in overtime. The Beacons also held a 12-3 edge in shots on goal and a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
- Thursday's meeting marked the first-ever conference matchup between the two programs.
- In the only prior meeting between the two schools, UMass Boston also won in overtime. The Beacons defeated the Spartans in Vermont 2-1 on September 8, 2013.
- Crawford recorded her fourth assist in the last four games, and now sits third in the LEC in total assists with four.
- After two conference games, UMass Boston is the only unbeaten team left in the LEC.
- The Beacons have now won four consecutive contests. The last time UMass Boston won four-straight was 2014, when the Beacons won four in a row from October 25-November 6.
UMass Boston will close out the month of September on Saturday, when the Beacons host intra-state rivals UMass Dartmouth at 4 p.m.