BOSTON, Mass. – A pair of goals from Isa Andrade (Cambridge, Mass.) proved to be the spark that the Beacons needed as women's soccer improved to 4-0 in Little East Conference play for only the second time in program history with a solid 4-1 win over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 4, Plymouth State University 1
UMass Boston (10-2-0, 4-0-0 Little East Conference)
Plymouth State University (5-5-0, 2-1-0 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Andrade sparked a late surge for the Beacons offense as they scored three of their four goals in the final 17 minutes of the first half. Andrade got her first score in the 29th minute off of an Allie Crawford (Kingston, Mass.) cross to make it 1-1 at the time.
She then gave UMB their first and only lead of the day as she fired home a free kick cross from Crawford five minutes later. The Beacons then closed out the first half, with Morgan Palma (Halifax, Mass.) netting a bullet of shot. Palma received a long pass from Crawford at the top of the box. She then took on the defense one-on-one and got the ball onto her left foot.
From there she unloaded a shot that powered right through the hands of Plymouth State goalkeeper Elena Register.
The Beacons then sealed the win in the second half, when Grace McGettrick (Marshfield, Mass.) netted a one-timer to the far post off of an assist from Palma in the 63rd minute.
Despite allowing a Plymouth State goal in the first 28 seconds of the contest, the Beacons offense controlled the pace of play for a majority of the afternoon.
Once the Beacons were able to control the pace of play in the middle third of the field, they began to stretch the field more and more which allowed Andrade and Crawford to have their way.
Maria Spylios (Leominster, Mass.) had to make just three saves in the win as she improved to 9-2-0 on the year.
Register finished with seven saves for the Panthers and dropped to 0-2-0 on the campaign.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time UMass Boston is now 11-14-1 against the Panthers, but have won eight of their last nine meetings
- UMass Boston now won three straight games over the Panthers
- The Beacons win-streak is now the third longest in program history and the longest since the 2012 campaign
- Andrade's goals were the first two of her college career
- UMass Boston outshot the Panthers 23-7, 11-4 in shots on goal
- The Beacons held a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks
The Beacons will host Salve Regina University on Tuesday at 7 p.m.