Oct. 23, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Freshman midfielder Samantha Cristoforo (Rockland, MA) scored 10:57 into the first half to lift the University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over visiting Plymouth State University, this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center field on the campus of UMass Boston. Prior to the start of the game the Beacons honored their four seniors, Kimberly Campbell (East Bridgewater, MA), Jill Collins (West Haven, CT), Nicki Finamore (Weymouth, MA) and Lauren Vargas (Old Rochester, MA) for their outstanding careers at UMass Boston.
Following a failed clear by the Panthers, Cristoforo blasted a shot from about 25 yards out from the left hand side of the net, beating junior keeper Courtney Lins up top for her third goal of the season.
The Panthers had two great scoring opportunities late in the first half but failed to convert both chances. With 7:54 to play in the stanza, junior midfielder Sam Laliberte (Concord, NH) headed a shot on net that had UMass Boston freshman goalkeeper Katie Coscia (Pittsfield, MA) beat but sophomore defender Anna O'Donoghue (Swansea, MA) was on the goal line and able to clear the shot before it broke the plane. On the ensuing play following the clear, freshman forward Carol Messler (Durham, NH) had a break away for the Panthers on the left hand wing but missed the net with her left footed attempt.
Coscia ended the game with six saves for the Beacons while Lins recorded seven saves for Plymouth State.
In their final regular season home match, Campbell, Collins, Finamore and Vargas helped the Beacons improve to 10-4-3 overall, 3-3 in LEC play. The loss drops The Panthers to 7-9 and 2-4 on the year.
Campbell joined the Beacons last season, has started regularly since her arrival and has been a key element to the Beacons recent success. Collins, Finamore and Vargas are three of only 11 players in the program's history to have played all four season of their collegiate careers at UMass Boston. The trio has now been a part of 37 career victories, the most in the career by any UMass Boston women's soccer player. The three have been very influential in the program's growth as Collins currently ranks 12th, Finamore sixth and Vargas tied for first all-time in career matches played.
UMass Boston will be back in action on Tuesday, October 26 when they travel to Framingham State for a 3:00 p.m. contest while the Panthers are idle until next Saturday, October 30 when they host Eastern Connecticut State University in the final day of LEC regular season action.