MANSFIELD, Conn. – With three saves from Maria Spylios and goals from Grace Oliver and Kaylee Haynes women's soccer earned a 2-0 Little East Conference win over Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at Rick McCarthy Field.
UMass Boston 2, Eastern Connecticut State University 0
UMass Boston (8-2-0, 2-0-0 Little East Conference)
Eastern Connecticut State U. (2-6-0, 1-1-0 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Sophomore forward Grace Oliver (Rockland, Mass.) (60th minute) and freshman forward Kaylee Haynes (Bridgewater, Mass.) (70th minute) scored ten minutes apart Saturday and freshman keeper Maria Spylios (Leominster, Mass.) made all three of her saves in the second half to record her fourth full shutout and the team's fifth overall this year. She lowered her goals-against average to 0.80.
Oliver scored her third goal of the season with an uncontested shot to the far corner of the goal from the left corner of the box for the first goal. Coming off the bench, Haynes connected on her only shot when she found a wide open left side of the cage on a rebound of a shot from sophomore forward Morgan Palma (Halifax, Mass.) that was saved by Eastern senior keeper Erin Collins.
Spylios had kept the game scoreless in the opening three minutes when she stuffed freshman midfielder Juliette Hogan at the left post and turned away senior forward Stephanie Sanchez at the right post just moments before Oliver's goal. With UMB leading 1-0, Spylios against denied Sanchez at the right post 15 minutes into the second to stymie Eastern's final scoring bid.
Moments after Hogan's failed attempt in the opening minutes of the second half, Oliver sent a one-touch over the crossbar from the middle of the box, on a cross from the right, and the Beacons continued their early second-half pressure. With her best save, Collins (four saves) leaped to push a shot over the crossbar, and off the ensuing corner kick, sophomore forward Grace McGettrick (Marshfield, Mass.) knocked a header just over the cross bar.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The win for the Beacons was the program's first-ever at Eastern Connecticut State
- Spylios' shutout was her fifth of the season, which leads the Little East Conference
- Oliver's game-winner was the first of the season for the sophomore and her third goal of 2019
- Haynes now has two goals in her freshman season
- The Beacons outshot the Warriors 12-7, 6-3 in shots on goal
- UMB also held a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks
- The shutout win over the Warriors is the second straight for the Beacons; Last season UMB defeated ECSU 1-0 in the semi-final round of the Little East Tournament
The Beacons will travel to UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. conference game.
Information for this release provided by Eastern Connecticut State University Sports Information Department