BOSTON, Mass.—Tamar Mehreb's 38th minute tally proved to be enough, as #5 Eastern Connecticut State University upset top-seeded UMass Boston 1-0 in the Little East Conference Semifinals Thursday afternoon.
The Warriors (10-8-1) earned their second consecutive 1-0 road playoff win to become the first team seeded fifth or lower to earn a spot in the Little East Conference Championship Game. Eastern Connecticut will travel to take on the winner of #2 Keene State College and #3 UMass Dartmouth in the LEC Championship Game Saturday at Noon.
UMass Boston (15-5-0) will look to earn an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. The sixth-ranked team in the region will find out if their season continues Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. during the NCAA Selection Show.
Merheb scored the lone goal of the contest at 37:41, when she found Jamie Belden's rebound off a corner kick and poked it through the defense from six yards out. The goal was Merheb's third of the season and helped the Warriors earn their second straight 1-0 decision over the Beacons.
Junior Taylor Shannon earned the victory in net in her first career game as a goaltender. Shannon made four stops on four shots to help the Warriors secure their ninth shutout of the season.
Junior Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) made three stops on four shots to take the loss for UMass Boston.
The Beacons outshot the Warriors 16-9, but only managed to put four shots on net. UMass Boston also held a 9-4 edge in corner kicks.
Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) had two great chances for the Beacons, but sent one shot just wide of the post in the first half, before connecting with the outside of the post in half number two.
The loss snapped UMass Boston's program-record nine game winning streak and marked the Beacons second home loss of the season at the Clark Athletic Field.