Sept. 6, 2011
QUINCY, Mass. - With a free kick goal by Juliana Speno in the 56th minute, Eastern Nazarene College (2-1) was able to slip past women's soccer (2-1) by the final score of 1-0 on a cold and rainy Tuesday night at Veterans Stadium.
Speno's goal, which found the far left post, was driven into the box from about 20 yards out. With a wall of Beacon defenders in her way, Speno managed to bend the ball past the defense and with a quick bounce off the turf broke the scoreless draw with just over 33 minutes left in the second half. The deciding goal was the third of the year for Speno, who is currently leading Eastern Nazarene in scoring this season.
Not to be outdone, the Beacons offense also had their chances as well throughout Tuesday's match-up. One of their best opportunities came late in the second half, when freshman Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, MA/West Bridgewater) nearly flicked the ball over Eastern Nazarene goalkeeper Lisa Clark. Clark however managed to deflect the ball wide to preserve the shutout.
Ledin led the Beacons offense with a combined four shots, two of which were on goal. Speno was the top forward for the Lions totaling three shots in the match, including the game-winner.
In total, the Beacons combined for nine shots in the contest, while their non-conference opponent combined for eight. Freshman goalkeeper Dani Perkins (Murrieta, CA/Murrieta Valley) totaled four saves in match. Both teams were extremely physical as they not only battled each other for control of the ball, but the extremely wet turf as well.
Eastern Nazarene held the advantage in corner kicks with three, as compared to UMass Boston's 2.
Women's soccer returns to action next Thursday when they travel to Bridgewater State University for a 7 p.m. non-conference match.