Nov. 3, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Junior forward Tina Gillen (Carver, MA) netted a pair of goals and assisted on another, while senior keeper Jessica Penta (Revere, MA) stopped every shot she faced to lead the number three seeded University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer team over visiting sixth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 4-0, today in the quarterfinal round of the Little East Conference Tournament the Clark Athletic Center Field on the campus of UMass Boston.
The Corsairs fall to 6-12-1 to finish their season, while the Beacons improve to 14-4-1 and advance to the LEC Tournament semifinals for the second straight season. UMass Boston will meet number two seed Eastern Connecticut State University on Thursday, November 5 for a 3:00 p.m. match in Willimantic, CT.
Following a scoreless first half that saw UMass Dartmouth hold a 7-6 shooting edge, the Beacons got on the board when junior midfielder Kimberly Campbell (East Bridgewater, MA) sent a cross from the right wing that senior midfielder Kristi Morales (San Francisco, CA) controlled with a chest trap before volleying a shot into the back of the net from six yards out for her fifth goal of the season at the 63:27 mark of the second half. She now has 11 points on the season to give UMass Boston a record six players with double digits in points for the season.
The Corsairs looked primed to answer the score with the equalizer when freshman midfielder Shannon Rhinehart (Randolph, MA) put a shot on net at 71:44, but Morales blocked the shot to keep the shutout alive for UMass Boston. UMass Dartmouth kept the pressure on with another shot on net from senior midfielder Caitlin McCleary (Quincy, MA), but the ball caught too much of the post and bounced away at 72:16.
The Beacons responded just 27 seconds later with the first of three goals in a span of 3:52 to break the contest open. Freshman defender Anna O'Donoghue (Swansea, MA) sent a goal kick to midfield, where Gillen fed sophomore forward Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, MA) from the left midfield with a cross to the top of the 18-yard box where Mulry trapped the ball and fired a shot for her league-leading 16th goal of the campaign at 72:43 of the second half for a 2-0 margin. UMass Boston scored again when sophomore forward Julienne McCuish (Mashpee, MA) chipped the ball from the left midfield to the penalty kick area, where Gillen flicked the ball over the Corsairs' keeper at 75:01 for a 3-0 advantage. The pair hooked up again just 94 seconds later when McCuish crossed from the left side of the 18-yard box to Gillen for a low shot that found the back of right side of the net for her 10th tally of the season and McCuish's school-record eighth assist of the year at 76:35 for a 4-0 Beacons' lead.
Penta registered her second shutout in as many matches with seven saves to extend her school-record streak of consecutive minutes without a goal allowed 500:14, dating back to September 22 when she allowed a score at Fitchburg State College at the 39:46 mark. She also picked up her third shutout and seventh win to tie school records for both marks and extended UMass Boston's team shutout record to nine for the year. Junior goalie Tanya Braga turned away six shots for UMass Dartmouth, which was edged in shots for the match, at 16-15.