BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's soccer dominated from start-to-finish Saturday, as the Beacons cruised past Keene State College 2-0 on Senior Day.
UMass Boston 2, Keene State College 0
(UMass Boston 16-2, Little East 7-0)
(Keene State 8-8, Little East 4-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons recorded the first 25 shots of the game, to easily improve to 7-0 in Little East Conference play. With the win, the Beacons matchup next Saturday against Western Connecticut State University (7-0) will decide the LEC Regular Season Title.
Prior to Saturday's contest, UMass Boston honored seniors Taylor Bilyak (Worthington, Ohio) and Miranda Smith (Runnemede, N.J.). The two players have helped UMass Boston make a huge turnaround the past two seasons and have put the program on the verge of their first LEC Regular Season Title since 2014.
In net, Maria Spylios (Leominster, Mass.) stopped three shots to earn her third conference shutout of the season.
Keene State's Abbie Terrinca and Shelby Offord split time in goal. Terrinca made nine saves on 11 shots in the first half, while Offord was forced to make just one stop in the second stanza.
The Beacons jumped all over the visitors from the start. UMass Boston recorded their first shot 44 seconds into the game and recorded seven shots in the first six minutes.
Andrade finally put the Beacons on the scoreboard in the 21st minute. Pitts attempted to slip a pass through for Andrade but it was deflected at the top of the box. Andrade redirected and laced a left-footed shot from 19-yards out that skipped past the goalie and inside the near post at 20:05.
UMass Boston doubled the lead at 23:10. Murphy rocketed a shot off of Terrinca and Turner ran onto the rebound and blasted it in with her right-foot for her first collegiate goal.
The Beacons would keep the pressure up for the rest of the half, but Terrinca was able to parry several goods look away and several other chances saw shots go just wide or high.
Keene State College's best chance of the day came on their first look of the afternoon. Jordyn Abasciano won a battle with a Beacons' defender in the box and rocketed a shot from 10-yards out, but the shot went over the bar.
After being outshot 25-1 in the first half, Keene State managed six shot (three on goal) in the second stanza, but Spylios was up to the test.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Owls 38-7 and 12-3 in shots on goal. The Beacons also held a 6-1 edge in corner kicks.
- With the win and clean sheet, UMass Boston can win the LEC Regular Season Title next week with a win or tie against Western Connecticut State University. The Beacons own the third tiebreaker between the two teams, thanks to only allowing four goals in conference thus far (Western Connecticut State has allowed eight goals).
- Head coach Amy Zombeck earned her 150th career win in her 302nd career game (150-125-27). The Beacons winningest coach of all-time earned the accomplishment against her alma mater.
- Spylios ranks tied for second in program history with her eight complete shutouts in a single-season. She needs two more complete-game shutouts to tie Dani Perkins ('14), who recorded 10 shutouts as a freshman in 2011.
- Turner recorded her first collegiate goal in her 35th career game. The sophomore back has all three of her collegiate points at home this season.
- With the win, UMass Boston set a new program record for conference victories. The Beacons went 6-1 in LEC play during the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons.
- UMass Boston's 13-game winning streak is the fourth-longest, active winning streak in Division III women's soccer. Centre College (18 games), University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg (17) and Randolph-Macon College (16) all are undefeated on the season.
UMass Boston will close out their home and non-conference schedules on Tuesday night, when they host Bridgewater State University at 7 p.m.