Sept. 7, 2010
BOSTON, MA - With 23:21 left to play in the second half, freshman forward Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, MA) scored the game-winning goal for the second consecutive match to lift the University of Massachusetts Boston over Eastern Nazarene College, 3-2, this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. With the win, the Beacons improve to 2-0 on the season for the first time since 1996 while the Lions drop their first game of the 2010 campaign, falling to 1-1-1 overall.
Following a cleared Eastern Nazarene corner kick, junior forward Julienne McCuish (Mashpee, MA) sent a through ball past the Lions back line to the foot of Andrews who was able to coral the pass and send the game-winner past freshman goalkeeper Lisa Clark (West Deptford, NJ) at the 66:39 mark to give UMass Boston its first lead of the afternoon at 3-2. The goal was Andrews third of the season and the Beacons were able to preserve the one-goal margin, holding on for their second consecutive 3-2 decision and are now off to the best start in program history at 2-0, matching the start of the 1996 Beacons squad.
The Lions looked in total control of the game early on, jumping ahead to a 2-0 first half margin behind goals from senior midfielder Amanda Weller (Mifflinburg, PA) and junior forward Kara Webber (Marshfield, MA). At the 5:37 mark, Weller gave the Lions a 1-0 advantage when she put home the rebound off a direct kick that hit off the far-post to beat UMass Boston freshman goalkeeper Katie Coscia (Pittsfield, MA). Webber tallied her third goal of the season off a breakaway in which Coscia was able to stop the initial shot before the Lions forward volleyed home the rebound to put Eastern Nazarene ahead, 2-0, with 4:40 left to play in the first half.
Junior forward Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, MA) answered almost immediately for UMass Boston, scoring 41 seconds later to pull the Beacons within a goal at 2-1. Following the Lions goal restart, senior midfielder Nicki Finamore (Weymouth, MA) was able to control the ball down the right sideline before sending a cross into the Eastern Nazarene 18-yard box. The ball was initially headed by the visiting team before Mulry won the second header, sending the ball past Clark to cut the Lions lead in half before the conclusion of the first stanza. With the goal, Mulry becomes the UMass Boston all-time career leader in total points with 68, surpassing Shannon Murphy (1996-97) who previously held the record with 67 career points. The tally was Mulry's first of the campaign and 32nd of her career which also ties her with Murphy for the career goals record.
UMass Boston tied the game at 2-2, 55:51 into the second half when freshman forward Samantha Cristoforo (Rockland, MA) registered her first-collegiate goal off an assist by junior midfielder Molly Kuchar (Ashville, NC). Kuchar launched a free-kick from 35 yards out into the Lions box that was kicked around before landing at Cristoforo's foot for the score.
Coscia earned her second consecutive win and finished the game making two saves for the Beacons while Clark stopped five shots for the Lions.
UMass Boston will be back in action this weekend when it travels to face Wellesley College on Saturday, September 11, 2010 in the first round of the 2010 Wellesley College Invitational. The Lions return to action tomorrow evening when they head to Wheelock College for a 7:00 PM game.