Nov. 4, 2008
BOSTON, MA - Freshman forward Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, MA) netted a pair of goals and sophomore keeper Ashley McRoberts (Merrimack, NH) stopped all 11 shots on net to give the fourth-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer team a 4-0 victory over visiting number five seed University of Massachusetts Dartmouth today in the quarterfinals of the Little East Conference tournament at the Clark Athletic Center Field. The Beacons improve to 8-10-2 on the season with a victory in their first-ever playoff contest, while the Corsairs fall to 4-10-4.
UMass Boston advances to the LEC tournament semifinals against number one seed Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT at 6:00 p.m.
Mulry's first goal of the afternoon got the Beacons on the board at the 24:55 mark of the first half when she beat the UMD keeper off the dribble on a cross from freshman midfielder Molly Kuchar (Ashville, NC) at the top of the 18-yard box. Mulry's second tally came unassisted when she intercepted a defensive clear and lofted a shot over the keeper from the top of the 18-yard marker for her team-leading 14th goal of the season to give UMass Boston a 3-0 advantage at 57:07 of the second half. She now has 29 points on the season, the most of any UMB player since Shannon Murphy tallied 42 in 1997.
Freshman defender Brianna Cavanaugh (Belchertown, MA) gave the Beacons a 2-0 margin when she dribbled through the Corsairs' backfield and fired a shot that was stopped by the UMass Dartmouth keeper, but collected the rebound and finished for her second goal of the season at the 50:16 mark of the second half. Sophomore forward Jillian Moreira (Somerville, MA) came off the bench to net her second goal of the season with just seven seconds left in the match off a corner kick from Kuchar to cap the scoring and give UMass Boston a 4-0 final. The assist was Kuchar's seventh of the season to set a new school record.
McRoberts registered her second straight shutout and has not allowed a goal in her last 204:49 of play. She stopped 11 shots on the afternoon for her third shutout of the campaign to match a school record and picked up her fifth victory, which also matches a school mark. Sophomore keeper Tanya Braga (Hudson, MA) turned away four shots for the Corsairs, who held a 22-13 shot advantage in the match.