Oct. 13, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. – Sophomore forward Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, MA) scored two goals to lift the University of Massachusetts women’s soccer team past Emerson College, 4-0, Wednesday evening in non-conference action at the Field at Rotch Playground. With the victory, the Beacons improve to 10-4 on the year and extend their winning streak to five games while the Lions fall to 6-7-1 on the campaign.
Senior midfielder Molly Kuchar (Ashville, NC) put UMass Boston on the board at the 25:50 mark when she converted her first goal of the season off a direct kick from 25 yards out. The strike connected with the far side post before deflecting into the net to put the Beacons on top, 1-0.
Andrews made it a 2-0 game with her fourth goal of the season coming with only 1:59 remaining in the first half. The play started from the midfield when freshman forward Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, MA) checked back to receive a ball played from the UMass backline before she one-timed a pass to sophomore midfielder Samantha Cristoforo (Rockland, Mass.) who found Andrews with a touch-pass sitting in front of the goal. Andrews was able to take a touch before looping over the head of Emerson keeper Allie Altman to give UMass Boston a 2-0 cushion heading into the half.
After 21 scoreless minutes of action to begin the second half of play, Andrews would strike again at the 76:29 mark when she hooked up with junior Anna O’Donoghue (Swansea, MA) to put the Beacons ahead, 3-0. O’Donoghue crossed a driven ball from the right midfield area that found the head of Andrews just outside the Lions six-yard box. Andrews one-timed a header to the far post for her second goal of the game to give UMass Boston the comfortable three-goal lead.
K. Ledin would cap the scoring with her team-leading 14th marker of the season when she was on the receiving end of a through-ball pass from the right side sent by junior midfielder Courtney Viera (Fall River, MA) to make it a 4-0 game with 7:42 remaining in regulation.
UMass Boston freshman goalkeeper Dani Perkins (Murrieta, CA) would make the lead hold up as she registered her third consecutive and seventh overall shutout of the season making two saves on the night. Altman would end the match with 12 saves for the Lions who saw the Beacons outshoot them 32-3 on the night.
The Beacons will return to action this Saturday, October 15 when they head to Willimantic, Conn. to face Eastern Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference match up slated to kick off at 1:00 p.m.