Oct. 30, 2010
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Anchorwomen competed well, but were outmatched by the University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer team in a 2-0 loss in the regular season finale on Senior Day at the RIC Soccer Field on Saturday afternoon. The loss eliminates the Anchorwomen from postseason contention and ends the 2010 season while the win improves UMass Boston's record to 12-4-3 overall, 4-3 in the LEC and propels the Beacons into the Little East Conference tournament for the third straight season. The Anchorwomen's season comes to an end with a 9-7-1/2-5 record.
Both teams entered the match with much to gain, with both standing to earn home field advantage in the first round of the Little East Tournament with a win. The Anchorwomen needed a victory or tie in order to qualify. As a result, the match was played with a distinct postseason intensity from the outset. The game¹s opening 10 minutes were a scuffle for field position and control, with the only shot coming on a Beacon free kick.
In the 11th minute, a defensive breakdown by the Anchorwomen led to the match¹s first goal. Taking the ball well behind midfield, junior defender Samantha Place (Newton, NJ) sent up a soaring kick, which landed ahead of all her teammates and opponents, bouncing into the box toward the RIC goal. The first two players to the ball were RIC defenders, but neither touched the ball, which allowed junior forward Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, MA) to sneak up from behind and take the ball directly at RIC senior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI). With Pirri forced to guard the right post, which was directly in front of the attacker, Mulry stopped and slipped a cross just inside the left post, which Pirri could not defend. The Beacons carried the, 1-0, lead into halftime.
Mulry and Place teamed up again in the 86th minute to put the game away. The goal was astonishingly similar to the first. Mulry once again took a long feed from Place, then got past two defenders to beat Pirri on a cross from the right.
Outside of the two goals, the Anchorwomen competed valiantly in an effort to prolong their season. RIC held its own, as they were outshot by only a 14-12 margin. The Anchorwomen earned four corner kicks and also benefitted from 13 Beacon fouls, which frequently turned into favorable field position.
UMass Boston Head Coach Amy Zombeck employed a defensive strategy which prevented RIC offensive stalwarts Alexis Smith (Wakefield, RI) and Ashley Choiniere (Hope, RI) from producing goals. Choiniere saw double teams at all times, and routinely found herself surrounded by three to five opponents whenever she possessed the ball in the attacking half. Smith was handled mostly by way of suffocating one-on-one defense provided by Place, who turned in a spectacular defensive effort from start to finish. Smith and Choiniere mustered only five shots between them, none of which were strong threats.
UMB freshman goalkeeper Katie Coscia (Pittsfield, MA) made five saves to earn her 12th win and pick up her seventh shutout on the year.
The Beacons will be back in action on Tuesday, November 3 when they host Southern Maine University in the Little East Conference semifinals with the game time to be announced.
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