Sept. 23, 2008
BOSTON, MA - Junior midfielder Ashley Dutcher (Littleton, MA) netted a pair of goals to lead the Fitchburg State College women's soccer team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 4-1, this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Field on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 2-5-0 on the season, while the Falcons improve to 6-3-0.
Dutcher put Fitchburg State on the board when sophomore defender Julie Almstrom (Auburn, MA) took a chip in the box and headed it to Dutcher for a shot into the lower right corner of the net at 13:19 of the first half. Dutcher capped the Falcons' scoring when sophomore midfielder Ali Landry (Bellingham, MA) dribbled to the endline and left the ball for her to deposit into the lower right corner of the net for her sixth goal of the year with just 3:04 left in the match for a 4-1 FSC lead.
Freshman forward Brenna Flynn (Sutton, MA) put a ball into the box on a corner kick where it found the head of classmate Carissa Kennedy (Somerset, MA) for her third goal of the season at the 36:58 mark of the first half for a 2-0 Falcons' lead. Flynn netted a goal of her own, less than two minutes later, when she booted a shot from 30 yards out that found the upper right corner of the net at 38:55 of the first stanza to increase the Fitchburg State margin to 3-0.
UMass Boston cracked the scoring column when junior forward Stacy Leonard (Rockland, MA) dribbled to the endline and left the ball for freshman forward Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, MA) at the six-yard line, where she found an opening in the lower left corner of the net with just 52 seconds left in the first half to cut the deficit to 3-1, but it would be as close as the Beacons would get.
Junior keeper Courtney Haroules (Littleton, MA) stopped nine of 11 shots in 62 minutes of action for UMass Boston, while sophomore Ashley McRoberts (Merrimack, NH) turned away two of four shots in 28 minutes for UMB. Junior goalie Emily Swan (Franklin, MA) got the starting assignment for the Falcons and allowed one goal on the Beacons' only shot on net in the first half, while junior keeper Kyla Batchelder (Stoughton, MA) made five saves in a scoreless second half for FSC.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Saturday, September 27 when it hosts University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference match at 1:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center Field, while Fitchburg State hosts Salem State College on September 27 at 6:00 p.m.