BOSTON, Mass.—Sophomore Grace McGettrick (Marshfield, Mass.) capped a three-goal comeback in the 102nd minute, to lead UMass Boston women's soccer past the University of Southern Maine 3-2 on Wednesday night.
UMass Boston 3, University of Southern Maine 2 (OT2)
(UMass Boston 13-2, Little East 5-0)
(University of Southern Maine 4-9-1, Little East 1-5)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After trailing 2-0 into the 76th minute, sophomore Mary Jo Murphy (Worcester, Mass.) scored twice in the final 15 minutes of regulation to tie it.
That set up McGettrick for her league-leading seventh game winning goal of the season. Cal Pitts (Marshfield, Mass.) sent a line drive pass to the top of the box that pinged off McGettrick's face, before she was able to corral it. With a defender on her back, she cut the ball back to her left foot and floated a shot towards the top left corner, where it bounced off the outstretched hand of the keeper and in at 101:04.
With the win, UMass Boston set the program record with their 10th-consecutive victory.
In net, Maria Spylios (Leominster, Mass.) made three saves in the second half to move to 12-2 on the season.
Southern Maine's leading goal scorers Ciera Berthiaume and Adela Kalilwa each scored in the first half for the visitors.
Kayla Gorman fell to 5-8-1 after making nine saves on 12 shots.
UMass Boston controlled the possession and the shots in the first half but struggled to turn that into solid chances.
The Huskies made the Beacons pay with back-to-back goals in less than a five-minute span.
Berthiaume came up with a turnover in the Beacons defensive half and immediately hit a right-footed laser that pinged off the bottom of the crossbar and in at 37:59.
The Huskies doubled their lead at 41:49. Kalilwa won a battle with a Beacons defender at the top of the box, dribbled out wide and then laced a perfect right-footed shot just inside the opposite post.
UMass Boston dominated the possession again in the second half and began to turn it into better looks on goal.
Gorman made a pair of strong stops on McGettrick, before Murphy put the Beacons on the board in the 76thminute.
Kenya Wade (Cambridge, Mass.) started the play by dribbling the ball from the Beacons defensive half across the midfield line and then finding Crawford. Crawford was able to turn and found Murphy, who turned and then burst past two defenders before lacing a right-footed shot over Norman's head at 75:43.
The Beacons evened the score at 85:47. Pinpoint passing found Palma at the edge of the six-yard box and Palma laced a left-footed shot off the bar. With the high-rebound bouncing at the edge of the six, Murphy outraced two Huskies to the ball and headed it home for a 2-2 tie.
UMass Boston controlled the first overtime and earned their first lead of the game at 101:04.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Huskies 27-13 and held a 12-5 edge in shots on goal and a 6-1 lead in corner kicks.
- Murphy's goals were her first two goals of the season. She has now recorded five career goals, four of which have come in the 75thminute or later.
- With the win, UMass Boston broke a tie with the 2013 team for the longest winning streak in program history (10 games).
- McGettrick is now tied for second with Krista Ledin ('13) for the most game-winning goals in a single-season. Ledin scored a program record eight winners during the 2013 season.
- UMass Boston is now 12-14 all-time against the Huskies. The Beacons have now won 12 of the last 13 meetings and seven-straight home meetings.
- The Beacons are now 7-0 this season at home and have now won 11-straight at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston will travel to last-place Rhode Island College on Saturday at 1 p.m.