Women's Soccer Knocks Off Eastern Nazarene 6-2

BOSTON, Mass.—After a tense first forty-five minutes, UMass Boston (2-0-0) blew the game open in the second half with five goals, to earn a 6-2 victory over Eastern Nazarene College (0-3-0) Wednesday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Field. 

Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) tied Shannon Murphy ('97) for the program record for most points in a single game, for the second straight game, with eight. The sophomore recorded her second straight hat-trick and added two assists.

Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, MA) added two goals and freshman Sam Bendick (New Egypt, N.J.) scored her first collegiate goal on a perfect left-footed shot.

Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, Mass.) tied Ledin with two assists, while Dani Beane (Exeter, N.H.) recorded her first collegiate point with an assist. Defenseman Brittany Castillo (Yarmouth, Mass.) and Meghan O'Connell (Abington, Mass.) also picked up assists.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) picked up her first career win with a perfect slate in the first half. Spain made one save, before being replaced by Dani Perkins (Murrieta, Calif.) and Jess Charette (Bedford, Mass.). The other two goalies each allowed a single goal in their time in net.

UMass Boston dominated the stat sheet for the second straight game en route to a 2-0 record for the third straight year. The Beacons outshot the Lions 23-11 and held a 15-4 edge on shots on goal.

Ledin put the Beacons ahead 1-0 at the 29:00 minute mark in the first half, when she recieved a long pass from Cristoforo and struck a low ball on the ground past Rachel Henry. Henry kept the game close in the first half making six saves and finished the game with nine saves on 15 shots.

The Beacons blew the game wide-open in the second half with four straight goals in the first 20 minutes of play. Ledin made it 2-0 at the 53:31 mark when she received a quick pass from Castillo and blasted a shot past a sprawling Henry.

Over 15 minutes later, Andrews scored her first goal when she one-timed a cross from Ledin into the netting. Four minutes later at the 73:13 mark, Ledin finished off her hat-trick with a one-timer to the far post. Less than 30 seconds later Bendick ended the scoring spree with a left-footed shot from the top of the box that found the upper left-hand corner.

Lauren Avery and Abby Spitler scored the first two goals of the season for Eastern Nazarene over the final 15 minutes but it was too little too late. Andrews finished off the scoring for UMass Boston with a deft goal in the box, where she beat a defender and then knocked home her own rebound in front of an empty net.

UMass Boston will take to the road for the first time in 2012 when they travel to the University of New England Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. game.