Women’s Soccer Falls In NCAA First Round Game

Women’s Soccer Falls In NCAA First Round Game

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – On a cold and frigid afternoon women's soccer saw their 2019 season come to a close as they were handed a 3-0 loss by nationally-ranked Stevens in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon at South Street Field on the campus of Middlebury College.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 0, Stevens 3

UMass Boston (19-3-1)
Stevens (16-3-1)

HOW IT HAPPENED

In the first-ever meeting between the two programs, Stevens wasted little time taking control of the scoreboard as they netted the game-winning tally in just the third minute of the contest.  Stevens would then add a second in the 40th minute, before sealing the decision in 69th minute.

Three different players each found the back of the net for the Ducks. 

UMass Boston did have their chances in both halves, but were unable to capitalize in what was just the program's second-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Allie Crawford (Kingston, Mass.) had the Beacons best chance in the first half but her shot went just wide on the frozen turf.  Later the in the half Crawford dropped a cross into the box, that was grabbed by Stevens goalkeeper Izzy DiDario just as a Beacons player came crashing in.

Mary Jo Murphy (Worcester, Mass.) also put a shot on goal in the 75th minute that just missed the post, while Crawford's last solid chance nearly found its mark but was pushed just wide by the Stevens keeper.

Saturday's match marked the final matches in the careers of Taylor Bilyak (Willington, Conn.) and Miranda Smith (Runnemede, N.J.).

The Beacons will look to return a team that consists primarily of sophomores and freshmen as they will once again be the heavy favorites to win the Little East Conference in 2020.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • The Beacons made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012, when they were handed a 6-1 loss by tournament regular Ithaca College
  • Maria Spylios (Leominster, Mass.) made 10 saves in the loss to cap-off an 18-3-1 season, which now stands as the most wins in program history
  • Stevens held an 18-6 advantage in shots, 13-4 in shots on goal
  • Each team recorded one corner kick
  • DiDario made three saves to improve to 12-2-1 on the season, while Erika McCarthy made the final stop for the Ducks