October 8, 2013

Andrews' Final Minute Goal Lifts Women's Soccer To 3-2 Win Over Wentworth

BOSTON, Mass.—Tayla Andrews' (Plymouth, Mass.) 90th minute tally gave UMass Boston women's soccer (7-4) their first lead of the night, as UMass Boston slipped by host Wentworth Institute of Technology (4-6-2) 3-2 Tuesday evening at Sweeney Field.

The Beacons senior forward collected a rebound in the box and calmly snapped a shot into the twine to send UMass Boston to their fifth win in six games and third straight win over the Leopards.

Junior Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) added a goal and an assist and Brittany Castillo (Yarmouth, Mass.) tacked on her second career goal to give UMB their third straight non-conference victory. 

Freshman KK DaCosta (Brockton, Mass.) registered her first career assist in the win, while Amanda Pugliese (Pembroke, Mass.) added her second helper of the season.

Redshirt sophomore Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) blanked the Leopards in the second half to earn her sixth win of the year. The Beacons goaltender recorded four saves on six shots for the game. 

Nicole Leahey fell to 2-2 on the year, despite making six saves for Wentworth.

Wentworth entered the contest looking for its third straight win and second upset in as many weeks over one of the Little East's elite teams. A week after knocking off Western Connecticut State University 5-4, the Leopards got off to a 1-0 lead at the 6:01 mark, when Mary Anon blasted a free-kick into the back of the net from 20 yards out.

UMass Boston responded at 18:36 when Castillo sent a low header into the left-side netting off of a Pugliese corner kick.

Amanda Weinberger gave the hosts a 2-1 lead 15 minutes later, when she took a pass from Jenelle Wolff and knocked it home for a 2-1 lead at 33:18. 

The Beacons found the equalizer just over two minutes later, as DaCosta sent a pass in front to Ledin, and Ledin's shot took a high-bounce off the turf field and found the back of the net.

UMass Boston took their first and only lead of the game with 50 seconds to go, thanks to their two All Conference forwards.

Ledin picked up a little bit of space on the left side of the box and sent a hard liner at Leahey who managed to make the initial save. With the rebound bouncing loose in the box and Leahey still down, Andrews won a foot-race with a defender and knocked it home for her 13th career game-winning goal.

The Beacons held an 18-13 edge in shots and 9-6 advantage on shots on goal. UMass Boston also earned all four corner kicks on the night. 

UMass Boston will return home Saturday afternoon to take on Western Connecticut State University at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference Championship Game rematch. The contest will also be the Beacons "Think Pink" game and the program's Alumni Day.