Sept. 24, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, MA - Sophomore forward Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, MA) scored with just 1:29 left in overtime to lift the University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer team over host Lesley University, 2-1, tonight at the Buckingham, Browne & Nichols field in Cambridge, MA. The Beacons have won a school-record four straight matches to improve to 5-2-0 on the season for the best start in program history, while the Lynx fall to 4-2-1.
Mulry netted the game-winner for UMass Boston when junior midfielder Nicki Finamore (Weymouth, MA) threaded a throw-in between a pair of Lesley defenders that Mulry buried for her league-leading ninth goal of the season at 98:31 of the overtime period.
The Lynx got on the board first in the 16th minute of the match when Lynx striker Jodi Fralick (Woburn, MA) applied pressure to the Beacons' backfield which forced a near collision between the UMB keeper and one of her defenders. Fralick was able to get her foot on the ball which then deflected past the keeper into the back of the net for the senior's seventh goal of the season. That would be all the Lesley offense could muster, however, as UMass Boston held the home team scoreless for the final 83 minutes of play, despite being outshot, 21-9.
The Beacons tied the score at 1-1 when junior back Lauren Vargas (Rochester, MA) delivered a cross across the middle of the field to junior forward Tina Gillen (Carver, MA) who fired a shot right-to-left past Lynx keeper at the 55:23 mark of the second half.
Lesley nearly took the lead back just minutes later as back-to-back shot attempts by Fralick and Haley Puckhaber (Lake Placid, NY) ricocheted off the crossbar of the net.
Junior keeper Michelle Cain (Essex, MA) was outstanding in net for UMass Boston, stopping a career-high 10 shots to earn the victory, while senior Hailee Lowe (Hamilton, MA) made one save for the Lynx.
Lesley plays again on Friday, September 25 at 6:30 pm as the Lynx will host former North Atlantic Conference foe UMaine-Farmington. The Beacons host UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, September 26 in a Little East Conference match, starting at 1:00 p.m.