WELLESLEY, Mass.—Despite a career-high 10 saves from freshman Abby McCulloch (Weymouth, Mass.), UMass Boston women's soccer fell just short, in a 1-0 loss to host Wellesley College Wednesday afternoon.
Wellesley College 2, UMass Boston 0
(UMass Boston 0-2)
(Wellesley College 2-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Freshman Liz Zhou's strike in the 31st minute proved to be the difference, as the Beacons suffered their second-straight shutout defeat.
UMass Boston ended up outshooting the Blue 15-12 for the contest, but struggled to test Wellesley keeper Olivia Reckley. Reckley was forced to make just three saves, to move to 2-1 on the year.
On the other side, McCulloch made a career-high 10 stops, including two stellar saves.
After a slow start to the contest, UMass Boston began racking up chances between the 10th and 20th minutes. The Beacons had a goal waived off on a corner kick, after the referee ruled that a Beacons had fouled the goalie during the play. Moments later, Grace Oliver (Weymouth, Mass.) and Lindsay Bouscaren (Cambridge, Mass.) sent shots just wide of the post.
Wellesley turned the tide just after the half-hour mark. The Blue opened up the Beacons in transition with a diagonal ball and Zhou roofed a shot just the bar from inside the 18-yard box.
UMass Boston slowly picked up their play to start the second half, but struggled to put chances on net.
Reckley made her lone save of the game in the 75th minute, as she easily hung on to Oliver's shot from distance.
The hosts nearly made it 2-0 in the 81st minute, but McCulloch knocked Elanor Mallett's shot wide and over the goal, after Mallett had snuck in behind the defense for a 1-on-1 situation.
UMass Boston poured numbers forward over the final 10 minutes in an attempt to find the tying goal. Mary Jo Murphy (Worcester, Mass.) sent a shot wide right and the Beacons ping-ponged the ball around the six on two other occasions, but were unable to get a shot on target.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston held a 4-2 edge in corner kicks.
- Oliver led the Beacons with five shots and all three of the team's shots on goal.
- McCulloch has made 17 saves on 20 shots in her first two collegiate appearances.
- Wednesday's contest marked the first meeting between the two schools since 2010. With the loss, the Beacons are now tied 1-1 all-time.
UMass Boston will travel to Bangor, Maine this weekend for the 13th Annual Courtyard by Marriott Classic Husson University Tournament. The Beacons will take on Western New England University on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Elms College on Sunday at 1 p.m.