Oct. 23, 2009
PLYMOUTH, NH - Sophomore defender Samantha Place (Newton, NJ) netted a goal and added an assist, while senior keeper Jessica Penta (Revere, MA) registered her first career shutout to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer team over host Plymouth State University, 2-0, in a Little East Conference match this evening at Panther Field in Plymouth, NH. The Beacons improve to 11-3-1 overall and 4-1-1 in LEC play to set a school record for conference wins and shutouts in a season with seven, while the Panthers fall to 5-8-2 and 1-5-0.
Place put UMass Boston on the board when junior forward Tina Gillen (Carver, MA) sent a corner kick from the right corner that Place headed into the back of the left corner of the net for her second goal of the season at the 35:26 mark of the first half. The Beacons got an insurance tally when sophomore forward Julienne McCuish (Mashpee, MA) deflected a shot by Place past the PSU keeper and into the right side of the net at 65:14 of the of the second half for her fourth marker of the campaign.
The match was evenly played through the first 25 minutes, with each team getting off a few shots on net. Gillen broke in alone for UMass Boston, 18 minutes into the contest, but her shot was stopped by Plymouth State keeper Angelina LaBroad (Hampton, NH). Senior Lauren Lavery (Nashua, NH) got off a quality shot for the Panthers from the top of the box, four minutes later, but it went over the net.
Plymouth State nearly tied the game 15 minutes into the second half when Lavery fired a shot from the left side that slipped through the keeper's hands, but Penta got enough of it to prevent the ball from going into the net. The Beacons almost went up by two goals, less than five minutes later, when freshman midfielder Brittney Spencer (West Brookfield, MA) broke through the Panther defense but LaBroad made a terrific save from point-blank range.
Plymouth State seemed to keep the ball in UMass Boston's end of the field for the remaining 20 minutes, but couldn't get off a quality shot against a tough Beacons' defense, led by Place and sophomore defenders Alex Deware (Needham, MA) and Stephanie McGrath (North Attleboro, MA).
Penta stopped six shots to earn her fifth victory of the season and eighth of her career to move past Ashley McRoberts (2007-08) for second place on the UMass Boston all-time wins list. LaBroad made five saves for Plymouth State, which owned a 17-11 shot advantage on the night.
The Beacons will be in action again on Tuesday, October 27 when they host Framingham State College at 3:30 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center Field, while the Panthers host Fitchburg State College on the same day at 4:30 p.m.