Nov. 10, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Freshman forward Talya Andrews (Plymouth, MA) scored with just 3:03 remaining in regulation to lift the University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer team past Norwich University, 3-2, in the ECAC Division III New England Tournament quarterfinals this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center field on the campus of UMass Boston. With the win the Beacons tie the program record for single season wins, improving to 14-5-4 on the campaign while the loss caps the Cadets 2010 campaign with a 13-9-0 overall mark.
Leading up to the game-winning marker, junior forward Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, MA) controlled a ball on the left wing, carrying it deep into Norwich territory. Mulry made it to the end line before dropping off a pass to a streaking Andrews inside the Cadet 18-yard box. Andrews connected on a one-time volley to the near post for her team-leading 16th goal of the season, giving UMass Boston a 3-2 margin which would hold for the final. The Beacons are now 9-0-1 in games in which Andrews has scored a goal this season.
Norwich jumped ahead to a 1-0 lead when sophomore forward Brittany Casey (Pointe-Claire, QUE) scored an unassisted goal 14:17 into the contest. The marker was her team-leading 22nd of the season and resulted after a scrum inside the UMass Boston six-yard box.
The Beacons evened the contests at 1-1 on Mulry's 10th goal of the year with 4:20 left to play in the first half. The score followed a UMass Boston corner kick that found the foot of Andrews who redirected the ball towards the Norwich net before senior defender Lauren Vargas (Rochester, MA) headed the ball to a more central location where Mulry took care of the rest to even the match. The junior has now netted double-digit goal totals in each of her first three seasons with the Beacons, becoming the first player in program history to accomplish such a feat.
Freshman forward Julie Nutting (Rockland, MA) gave the Beacons a huge lift off the bench, netting the goal-ahead goal with just 0:24 seconds remaining in the first half to make it a 2-1 game in favor of the hosts. Senior midfielder Nicki Finamore (Weymouth, MA) sent a cross into the Norwich box from the far right corner that found Nutting on the weak side. After an initial shot attempt was blocked by a Cadet defender, Nutting notched her second goal of the campaign, finding the far post side netting to give the Beacons the one goal margin heading into the intermission.
The Cadets continued to battle in the second half and eventually knotted the game at 2-2 with just under 15 minutes remaining in the contest. Junior defender Stacey Flint (Jay, NY) was able to redirected a cornerkick taken by Casey, to beat UMass Boston freshman goalkeeper Katie Coscia (Pittsfield, MA) for her first tally of the season before the Beacons would pull ahead for good with Andrews late game heroics.
Coscia ended the game with three saves for the Beacons while senior keeper Nicki Hunsicker (Emmaus, PA) recorded nine saves in an outstanding effort to keep the Cadets in the match for 90 minutes.
The win was the first ever ECAC tournament victory for UMass Boston and the Beacons will now advance to the ECAC semifinals for the first time in program history to face the winner of the \#2 Endicott College vs. \# 7 Suffolk College match-up at the site of the highest remaining seed in the tournament on Saturday, November 12. If Endicott were to fall as well as the top seed in Keene State College, UMass Boston would host the ECAC semifinals and finals on Saturday and Sunday.