BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women soccer senior Jaclyn O'Grady (Somers, Conn.) scored with 99 seconds remaining in regulation, to help the Beacons secure a 2-2 double-overtime tie against rival UMass Dartmouth.
UMass Boston 2, UMass Dartmouth 2 (2OT)
(UMass Boston 6-3-1, Little East 2-0-1)
(UMass Dartmouth 3-5-3, Little East 1-1-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons came back from two separate one goal-deficits in the Little East Conference contest, only to fall just short of scoring the golden goal in overtime. Despite dominating the contest statistically and in possession, UMass Boston couldn't find a way to push enough shots past the combination of sophomore goalie Jaimee O'Brien and senior center back Kayla Loycano.
O'Grady tied the game at 88:21 off passes from freshmen Allie Crawford (Kingston, Mass.) and Jahlyla Ocampo (Braintree, Mass.). Ocampo started the play from her own half, by attacking the space and sliding a pass forward for Crawford. Crawford took one touch, before sliding a pass to O'Grady at the top of the 18-yard box. O'Grady fought off defenders on either side of her and an on-coming O'Brien to slip a shot into a narrow window between the three and into the netting near the far post for a 2-2 tie.
Crawford added a goal in the win, while fellow freshman Mary Jo Murphy (Worcester, Mass.) added an assist.
In net, Abby McCulloch (Weymouth, Mass.) made fives save on seven shots to stay unbeaten in LEC play (2-0-1).
O'Brien was the Corsairs best player for most of the contest. The sophomore keeper made a career-high 12 saves and came through with countless other instances where she came off her line to break up Beacons' chances.
Junior transfer Nerida Montrond scored both Corsairs goals in the tie. The former Southern New Hampshire University player moved into a tie for first on the team with four goals on the season.
Montrond gave the Corsairs a 1-0 advantage at 6:52. The Corsairs earned a throw-in along the far side and elected to attempt a long throw-in. The Beacons snuffed out the initial chance, but the loose ball fell to Montrond who perfectly-placed a low-left shooted past McCulloch from the top of the box.
UMass Boston took control of the game from there, but had to wait until the 36th minute to even the score. Crawford and Murphy combined on a give-and-go and Crawford unleashed a line-drive shot from close to 30-yards out that beat O'Brien to the near post.
The Beacons upped their pressure in the second half and had a multitude of chances to take the lead, only to see Montrond give her side a 2-1 lead at 76:44.
Montrond was battling for the ball at the top of the box and took a tumble, but held on to the ball and played it while still on the turf. With the Beacons calling for a whistle, she got up and cleanly drilled a high shot into the far netting for a 2-1 lead.
UMass Dartmouth had several chances to put the game away with an insurance goal in the final minutes. Taryn Carley's soft shot was saved by McCulloch, only to be put in by Ella Rath-but the junior was whistled offside. In another instance, Rath hit a line-drive shot from the top of the box that went just wide of the near post.
The near misses came back to cost the Corsairs, when O'Grady tied the game at 88:21.
UMass Boston earned the best chance in the first extra session. With under a minute to play, Crawford used a backheel flick to find Grace McGettrick (Marshfield, Mass.) in behind the defense, but O'Brien made a stunning kick save on a shot from 15-yards out.
The Corsairs came out firing in the second overtime and earned a pair of corner kicks in the opening two minutes, but failed to record a shot.
O'Grady nearly put the game away moments later. Crawford played a through-ball from her own half to O'Grady in behind the defense. O'Brien came out past the top of her box to clear the ball away, only to kick the ball into O'Grady's back. O'Grady collected the loose ball and took one touch, before her shot was stopped by O'Brien who came in from behind to deflect the shot out for a corner.
The Beacons earned one final corner kick with under a minute to go, but Cal Pitts (Marshfield, Mass.) header went right to O'Brien.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Corsairs 30-13 and held a 14-7 edge in shots on goal. The Beacons also doubled up the visitors in corner kicks (8-4).
- Crawford extended her point streak to five-consecutive games with a goal and an assist on Saturday. She has factored into each of the Beacons' past three goals and four of their past six. She ranks tied for first in the Little East with her five assists and leads the Beacons with nine total points.
- UMass Boston extended their unbeaten streak to five-consecutive games with the tie (4-0-1). The Beacons haven't posted an unbeaten streak of five or more games since 2013, when they won nine games in a row to close out the regular season.
- O'Grady's goal was UMass Boston's ninth goal this year that has been scored after the 75thminute. It was the second goal this year scored in the 89thminute, as Pitts scored the game-winning goal against Elms at 88:38.
- With the tie, UMass Dartmouth continues to lead the all-time series 13-11-3. The Beacons are 11-1-1 since the 2008 LEC Tournament.
UMass Boston will have a little time to rest up, before hosting Curry College on Thursday at 7 p.m. in a non-conference matchup.