Women’s Soccer Blanks Curry College, 5-0

Women’s Soccer Blanks Curry College, 5-0

BOSTON, Mass. – Four first half goals and one more in the second was more than enough as women's soccer extended their unbeaten streak to six-straight matches as UMass Boston defeated Curry College by the final of 5-0 Thursday evening at James Cotter Field.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 5, Curry College 0

UMass Boston (7-3-1)
Curry College (7-6-1)

HOW IT HAPPENED

It took all of seven minutes for women's soccer to break the scoreless draw as senior Jaclyn O'Grady (Somers, Conn.) blasted the ball past Curry's Katelyn DeMaio.  The senior nearly made a 2-0 game before the 10-minute mark but missed a penalty kick attempt just wide.

The Beacons would continue to pressure the Colonels throughout the first half, as they dominated the play on both sides of the field.  The Beacons got their second and third goals in the span of one minute, 23 seconds as Eryn Kelly (Plymouth, Mass.) and Allie Crawford (Kingston, Mass.) each tapped their first scores of the contest.

Kelly's goal was the first of the season for the sophomore, while Crawford registered her third of the year.  Crawford also assisted on Kelly's goal to give the freshman a three-point showing.

Less than three minutes before the halftime break, Kate Leavitt (Plymouth, Mass.) all but sealed the win for the Beacons as she headed a perfectly placed cross by Grace Oliver on a corner kick.

Leavitt would net the final score of the contest on a perfectly placed free kick which beat DeMaio to the near post, giving her an impressive four points, after battling back from injury.

The Beacons defense was spot-on all night as they held the Colonels to just 14 shots total, only six of which were on goal.  Abby McCulloch (Weymouth, Mass.) collected all six saves to earn her seventh win of the 2018 season.

UMass Boston owned every corner kick in the match (6-0) and tallied 21 shots on the night (nine shots on goal).

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Thursday's win over Curry marked the first-ever for the Beacons
  • UMass Boston and Curry have faced each other only two times, with the first coming last season in Milton, MA
  • Leavitt's four-points is the most for the senior since September 23, 2017 when she scored two goals against Plymouth State University
  • McCulloch now sits with three shutouts and boasts a 1.06 goal against average
  • Crawford leads the Beacons offense through 11 games with three goals and six assists for 12 points

WHO'S NEXT

The Beacons will travel to the University of Southern Maine on Saturday for a 2 p.m. Little East Conference match.