September 8, 2013

Ledin's Overtime Strike Pushes Women's Soccer Past Castleton State 2-1 In Overtime

Castleton, Vt. –Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) notched her UMass Boston record-breaking 52nd career goal just under five minutes into overtime, as UMass Boston women's soccer outlasted Castleton State College (2-3) 2-1 in overtime Sunday afternoon in the consolation match of the Castleton State College Tournament.

Ledin's third goal of the season helped UMass Boston (2-2) break their two-game losing streak and broke a tie with former teammate Kristin Mulry ('12) for first-place all-time in school history for career goals. The junior forward passed Mulry in the first game of the year in career points (120) and also stands first all-time in school history with her 14 career game-winning goals. 

Fellow forward Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) finished with a goal and an assist on the game-winner, while senior midfielder Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, Mass.) recorded her first point of the year with an assist on Andrews' goal.

Sophomore keeper Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) was credited with three saves on four shots on goal to move to 2-2 on the season and help the Beacons down the regionally-ranked Spartans.

The Spartans nearly got on the board first when Mallory Costello swiped a pass from a UMB defender and moved down the right flank in the ninth minute. The forward crossed the ball across the goalmouth, but the Spartans couldn't put a body on the receiving end, and the pass went begging wide.

The Beacons got on the board first instead, when Andrews buried a goal in the 16th minute. The senior gathered a pass from Cristoforo at the top of the box and calmly placed it in the top corner to give UMB the 1-0 lead in the early going. 

Castleton answered just three minutes later with a goal from Morgan Young. Jessica Phillips crossed the ball from the left side when freshman Dominique Valancius popped it up into the air. Young attacked the ball in the air and launched a half-volley into the side netting to knot the game at 1-1.

In the second half, each team had several opportunities, with Castleton outshooting the Beacons 12-9 in the frame. The Spartans' best chance came on a shot from Jenna Bostwick. The junior launched a shot from the top of the box, but Spain dove to make a full-extension save, turning away the Spartans' chance to take the lead.

In the overtime frame, the Spartans had one look at goal, but couldn't convert. On a counter-attack, Andrews beat a defender and dribbled down the right flank. The forward crossed the ball in front of the goalmouth where Ledin cleaned up the play, burying the ball and giving the Beacons the 2-1 win. 

UMass Boston will have three days off, before they take on #25 Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. 

Information for this release provided by Castleton State College Sports Information Department