September 8, 2012

Late Goal Pushes Women's Soccer Past UNE 1-0

BIDDEFORD, Me. – It took over 106 minutes and 25 shots, but on the 25 shot of the afternoon, Meghan O'Connell (Abington, Mass.) scored the Golden Goal, as UMass Boston (3-0) earned a 1-0 victory in double overtime over the University of New England (UNE) at Barbara J. Hazard Field.

O'Connell received a cross from the right corner from freshman Sam Bendick (New Egypt, N.J.) and headed the ball home just inside the near left post for the only goal of the game. It was O'Connell's first goal of the season and the second career goal for the senior captain.

UMass Boston had the better end of the chances throughout, as the Beacons held a 25-17 shot advantage and a 13-4 shots on goal margin. But the score would stay tied until the 106:03 mark. 

Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) led all players with eight shots, while Andrews and Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) tied for the game-high with three shots on goal.

Goalie Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) earned her second straight win and first career shutout for UMass Boston by making three saves. The sophomore has now played 196 minutes this season without giving up a goal.

Gina Iannazzi was brilliant in goal for the Nor'Easters (1-3) with 12 saves on 13 shots. She made three saves in the first overtime session to keep the score tied, before giving up a goal on the only shot she saw in the second overtime session.

UMass Boston dominated the overtime sessions, with a 5-2 shot advantage and 4-0 margin on shots on goal.

The Beacons will look to move to 4-0 when they travel to Springfield Tuesday to take on Western New England University for a 4:00 game.