Slow Start Costs Women's Soccer At Bridgewater State

Slow Start Costs Women's Soccer At Bridgewater State

BRIDGEWATER, Mass.—UMass Boston saw their four-game winning streak come to an end Tuesday night, as the Beacons couldn't overcome a slow start at Bridgewater State's Swenson Field.

THE BASICS

Bridgewater State University 3, UMass Boston 1

(UMass Boston 11-6-1)
(Bridgewater State 8-5-2)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Bears struck for two goals in the opening 5:48, and added a goal less than five minutes after UMass Boston cut the deficit to 2-1.

Freshmen Grace McGettrick (Marsfield, Mass.) and Allie Crawford (Kingston, Mass.) combined for the lone Beacon goal.

McGettrick regained a share of the team lead in goals (seven), while Crawford tied the single-season assists record (12). 

In net, freshmen Caroline Richards (Duxbury, Mass.) and Abby McCulloch (Weymouth, Mass.) split time for the Beacons. Richards was charged with two goals in 15 minutes, while McCulloch made one save on two shots over the final 75:15.

Emma Sanders led the Bears with a goal and an assist, while Nicole Simas and Kaitlyn Bongarzone each added a goal of their own.

Kellie Souza made four saves on five shots to improve to 8-5-2.

Bridgewater State took advantage of the slow-starting Beacons right away. The Bears scored on their first shot of the game at 1:19 and then scored on their second opportunity at 5:48.

UMass Boston slowly began to turn the momentum, but had to wait close to forty minutes-when the game was delayed by lightning.

The Beacons came out firing out of the lightning delay, but had to settle for a huge lead in shots, with no goals to show for it.

McGettrick put the Beacons on the board less than five minutes into the second half. She received a pass from the Crawford at the top of the 18, spun and then blasted a shot into the top netting for a 2-1 score.

Bridgewater State took the momentum back when they scored at 53:39. The Bears nearly made it 3-1 off a corner kick, but Simas' header was headed over the bar by a Beacon. That stop would just delay the goal, as Bongarzone scored on the ensuing corner kick, after the Beacons attempted clearance fell right to her.

UMass Boston would continue to pressure the Bears defense, but struggled to put their shots on target.
BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston led Bridgewater State 20-8 in shots and held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Both teams recorded five shots on goal.
  • The loss snapped UMass Boston's five-game non-conference winning streak. UMass Boston finishes non-conference play with a 7-4 mark.
  • The Beacons lead the all-time series 6-2-1 against Bridgewater State. The Bears have recorded wins in two of the past three seasons.
  • McGettrick led the Beacons with four shots, but just one shot on goal.
  • Crawford tied Beacons' legend Krista Ledin ('13) for the most assists in a single season.

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will close out the regular season on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Keene State College. With a victory, the Beacons will finish in the top three of the LEC, with the possibility of earning a bye into the Little East Conference Semifinals.