Strong Second Half Helps Women's Soccer Sink Vikings

Strong Second Half Helps Women's Soccer Sink Vikings

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's soccer exploded for four goals in an eight-minute span of the second half, to cruise past Salem State University 5-0 Thursday evening. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 5, Salem State University 0

(UMass Boston 10-5-1) 

(Salem State 3-10) 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

After a nervy first 50 minutes, the Beacons jumped all over the Vikings early in the second half to reach the 10-win mark for the first time since 2014. 

Lindsay Bouscaren (Cambridge, Mass.) enjoyed the best statistical game of her career. The sophomore forward recorded each of the Beacons first two goals and added an assist in the victory. 

Freshmen Grace McGettrick (Marshfield, Mass.), Morgan Palma (Halifax, Mass.) and Grace Oliver (Rockland, Mass.) all added goals in a 3:41 span.

Fellow freshman Allie Crawford (Kingston, Mass.) and senior Jaclyn O'Grady (Somers, Conn.) paced the Beacons with a pair of assists in the win.  

In net, freshman Caroline Richards (Duxbury, Mass.) recorded a career-best 11 saves for her second shutout in three career starts. 

For Salem State, Rebecca Sabino made a season-high 12 saves on 17 shots to fall to 1-5.  

The Vikings recorded their third-most shots this season with 17, but saw their scoreless streak reach four games and 389:04 overall. 

After the Vikings came out pressing the Beacons, UMass Boston swung the momentum and just missed scoring the opening goal several times in the opening half hour. 

The Beacons finally took the lead at 33:58, when Bouscaren picked up a loose ball at the top of the 18 and rocketed a shot into the upper-right corner for a 1-0 edge. 

The Vikings had a great chance to equalize later in the half, but freshman Kenya Wade (Cambridge, Mass.) tracked down Emily Boyle and stepped in front of her shot from inside the box.  

Bouscaren made the Vikings pay when she doubled the Beacons lead at 54:12. She received a pass from O'Grady at the edge of the box and drove past a defender, before sliding a low shot past the keeper inside the far post. 

Bouscaren's second goal at 54:12 opened the flood gates, as the Beacons would push their lead to 5-0 by the 62nd minute. 

Crawford sent a long ball for Bouscaren, who passed up on the shot and fed McGettrick for a one-touch goal at 58:20.  

Just over a minute later, Crawford sent a cross into the six-yard box for Palma, who deflected the ball in as she fell to the turf. 

The Beacons best goal of the night came at 61:41. Palma found O'Grady who passed up a shot in the box to find a wide open Oliver at the back post for a beautiful tic-tac-toe goal. 

Salem State would turn the tide as they looked for their first goal, but Richards and the Beacons' back line held strong.  

Richards made her best save of the game at 82:12, when she pushed Ceara Kelly's high shot into the crossbar and then recovered to cut down the angle on Taylor Capozzi's effort in the box seconds later. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • The Beacons outshot the Vikings 27-17 and held a 17-11 edge in shots on goal. 
  • With the win, the Beacons improved to 10-5-1 on the year. The Beacons had not won double-digit games in each of the past three seasons. This marks just the seventh double-digit win season in program history. 
  • Bouscaren recorded five points in the win and has now recorded 12 of her 15 points over the past four games (3-1-0). 
  • UMass Boston now has five players who have recorded at least 10 points on the season. The Beacons only had five combined players record double-digit points the past three seasons. 
  • The win marked UMass Boston's first-ever win over the Vikings. UMass Boston improved to 1-2-2 all-time against Salem State. 
  • Crawford's nine assists are tied for the sixth-most by a Beacon in a single-season. With one more assist, she will become the fifth player in program history to reach 10 assists in a single-season. 
  • UMass Boston has scored 16 goals in their past three non-conference games. 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will host Rhode Island College on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Prior to the game, the Beacons will honor their three seniors, as part of Senior Day.