September 18, 2012

Women's Soccer Cruises By Fitchburg State 5-0

BOSTON, Mass.--Despite dreary weather and high winds, UMass Boston (7-0) dominated Fitchburg State University (1-6) 5-0 Tuesday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Field en route to setting another program record.

The Beacons broke the program mark for the longest winning streak with seven straight victories, to surpass the 2009 team, which won six in a row.

With a win on Saturday, the women's soccer team will break a tie with the 2010 women's volleyball team for the second longest winning streak to begin in a season in Beacons history. Myles Berry's, former UMass Boston men's lacrosse coach, and current men's soccer coach, 1997 men's lacrosse team holds the all-time UMass Boston mark with 11 wins to start a season.

Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) led the Beacons with her third multi-goal game of the season. The junior forward finished with two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in the win.

Freshman Dani Beane (Exeter, N.H.) scored her first collegiate goal in the win, becoming the second Beacon freshman to score a marker this season.

Midfielders Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, Mass.) and Amanda Pugliese (Pembroke, Mass.) each added tallies. For Cristoforo, it was her fourth goal in four games and extended her point streak to six-straight games. Pugliese added her third goal in the past two games and an assist as well.

Sophomore netminder Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) extended her scoreless streak to 230:32 minutes with her second straight shutout. With the win, Spain moved to 6-0 on the season by making one save.

Fitchburg State goalkeeper Kelsey Ford dropped her first start of the season, allowing four goals on 20 shots. The keeper made a career-high 16 saves.

The Beacons dominated the play from start to finish despite high winds and infrequent sleeting rain. UMass Boston outshot the Falcons 43-4 and amassed an 11-0 edge in corner kicks.

UMass Boston got on the board just over 15 minutes into the game, when Andrews picked up a rebound and drove the ball by Ford from two feet out.

Less than 10 minutes later, the Beacons would add to the lead when Beane received a pass from Pugliese and Andrews and drove a low ball into the far side of the net. Just before halftime the Beacons grabbed a 3-0 lead, when Cristoforo drove a high shot into the top left corner at the 36:58 mark.

Andrews continued the onslaught, when she dribbled around Ford and beat a defender to make it 4-0 in the 83rd minute. Julie Nutting (Rockland, Mass.) was credited with the assist on a perfect through ball.

Less than three minutes later, Pugliese finished off the scoring with a brilliant strike from 20 yards out that beat new Falcons goalkeeper Darlenee Chavarria.

The Beacons stand two games away from tying the program unbeaten mark, which was set by the 2009 team that went 8-0-1 between September 15 and October 10.

UMass Boston will return to the pitch on Saturday when they travel to take on Rhode Island College in a 1 p.m. Little East Conference contest.