October 11, 2012

Women's Soccer Blanks Wentworth Institute 3-0

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston scored two early goals and cruised to a 3-0 victory over Wentworth Institute of Technology Thursday afternoon, in a non-conference matchup at the Clark Athletic Field.

The Beacons jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes and never looked back, as UMass Boston improved to 12-1 on the year. For Wentworth, the loss dropped the Leopards to 4-9-1, as they've now dropped eight of their past 11 contests.

Sophomore forward Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) gave the Beacons a huge boost early on, as the reigning Little East Conference Rookie of the Year scored twice in the first 13 minutes and 10 seconds. Ledin leads the LEC with 15 goals and 36 points and has been unstoppable at home, posting 12 goals and 29 points in six games. 

Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) scored the other tally for the Beacons, giving her fourteen markers on the season. Midfielder Amanda Pugliese (Pembroke, Mass.) added two assists, while Brittany Castillo (Yarmouth, Mass.) recorded her fifth assist on the year.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) continued to dominate, making two saves on two shots to improve to 11-1. Fellow keeper Dani Perkins (Murrieta, Calif.) replaced Spain in the second half and made two saves in her first appearance in over a month.

UMass Boston dominated the Leopards with a 34-5 shot advantage. The Beacons recorded all four corners in the contest and tallied 18 shots on goal, compared to just four for Wentworth.

Ledin gave the Beacons an early lead just 8:07 into the game with a one-timer that beat Wentworth goalie Miranda Stuckey. The goal was set-up by a strong cross from Castillo to Ledin, who was camped out at the top of the box.

Just over five minutes later, Ledin found the back of the net again, when Pugliese sent a pass into the box and Ledin dribbled by a defender, before sending a low shot across the goal-mouth.

The second goal essentially ended Stuckey's day in net, as the freshman allowed two goals on five shots and was replaced at the 15:50 mark. Senior Jess Gardner donned the goalie uniform for the rest of the game and had a strong outing. The senior made 11 stops, including some point-blank saves, while allowing just one goal.

UMass Boston finished off the scoring when they got on the board just before halftime. Andrews and Pugliese hooked up on a perfect give-and-go, as Andrews and Pugliese connected on three passes, before Andrews shot the ball past Gardner to the far post.

The Beacons dominated the first half with a 24-2 shot advantage, but couldn't keep it up in the second half.

Wentworth came out with much more intensity in the second half, as UMass Boston had to deal with some uncomfortable shadows.

Junior Elizabeth Somma had the best chance for the Leopards with 12 minutes to play, but Perkins was up to the task.

The Beacons return to action on Saturday when they host Eastern Connecticut State University at 1 p.m. As part of the game, UMass Boston will put on their annual "Pink Game," with all proceeds going towards breast cancer awareness and research.