Oct. 3, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. – With less than three minutes left in the second overtime, sophomore Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, MA) was able to pick-up a loose ball in the box and place it to the right side of the goal to give women’s soccer (7-4) a 2-1 non-conference win over Wentworth Institute of Technology (2-9) Monday evening at Sweeney Field.
To start off Monday’s contest, junior Courtney Viera (Fall River, MA) broke the scoreless draw at the 28:04 on a chip shot that landed in the far right corner. Setting up what was the go-ahead goal was Little East Conference Rookie of the Week Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, MA).
On the night, the Beacons dominated play as they out-shot the Leopards 22-9. However, Wentworth was able to tie the game at 1-1 on an Ashley Cook goal in the 62nd minute. The goal ended a 377:19 scoreless draught for Wentworth.
UMass nearly ended the tie with two minutes left in the match, but the shot just missed wide-left as time continued to count down.
Both teams had chances to score in the first overtime. Cook fired a shot from 25 yards out that skipped off the wet turf. Keeper Dani Perkins (Murrieta, CA) made the stop just before the ball crossed the line. A little over two minutes later Ledin had a chance to give the Beacons the win, but junior Jess Gardner (Wilbraham, MA) managed to come up with the save.
Cristoforo’s game winner came on a loose ball inside the box where she gained control and slipped a shot past Gardner.
Perkins made three saves while Gardner turned aside 12 shots. The Beacons held a 9-5 advantage in corner kicks, including 8-2 in the first half.
Women’s soccer travels to Salve Regina on Wednesday for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference match.