Mansfield, Conn.--Kaitlyn Kennedy's first-half goal held up for over 85 minutes as the host Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors handed UMass Boston women's soccer their first loss of the conference season 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Nevers Field.
Kennedy's strike three minutes and 20 seconds into the contest proved to be the difference, as Eastern Connecticut improved to 6-4 and 1-2 in Little East play. The loss snapped UMass Boston's four-game winning streak and sent the Beacons to 6-4 and 2-1 in LEC play.
Saturday's contest marked the first time UMass Boston was shutout in 31 contests, dating back to a 1-0 loss at Worcester State University in the ECAC New England Tournament Semifinals on November 12 of 2011.
Freshman Chelsea Santos earned the victory in net by making eight saves on eight shots for Eastern Connecticut. Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) fell to 5-4 on the year, after having her 270 minute shutout streak come to an end. The Beacons keeper made one stop on the day.
UMass Boston held an 11-6 shot advantage on the day and 5-4 edge on corner kicks, but couldn't find a way to beat the Warriors freshman keeper.
Kennedy found the back of the net on the first shot of the day, as the senior picked up a loose ball in the box off a corner and slid it home, for the Warriors first lead in conference play this season.
Senior Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) had the best chance of the day for the Beacons, when she sent a shot just wide from in close with Santos out of her box. Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) drew Santos out of her line to the right corner, only to slide a pass to Andrews in front, but Andrews' rushed shot went wide as two defenders converged.
UMass Boston will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Wentworth Institute of Technology for a 7 p.m. start.