Women's Soccer Earns Little East Regular Season Title With Big Win On Senior Day
BOSTON, Mass.--For the second consecutive season, UMass Boston Women's Soccer can claim the title of Little East Conference Regular Season Champions, after the Beacons cruised to a 7-0 win on Senior Day over Rhode Island College at the Clark Athletic Field.
Two seniors scored for UMass Boston as the Beacons set a new program-record with their ninth-straight victory to move to 15-4 on the year and 6-1 in Little East play. Rhode Island College wrapped up their season with the loss, falling to 5-11-1 and 1-6 in LEC action.
UMass Boston will host a Little East Conference semifinal matchup on Thursday, when they'll take on the winner of the four-five Quarterfinal game that will be played Tuesday.
Senior Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) scored twice and finished with five points in her final game at the Clark Athletic Field, while Alli Modzelewski (Newton, Conn.) added a goal and Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, Mass.) picked up an assist. The trio along with Julie Nutting (Rockland, Mass.) were honored before the contest, and then proceeded to go out and set the program-record for career wins with their 61st win in a Beacons uniform.
Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) led the charge for the Beacons offensively with her second consecutive hat trick. The Beacons junior forward wraps up the regular season with 32 goals and a career-high 69 points through 19 games.
Junior Ericka Garufi (Milton, Mass.) accounted for the final Beacons goal, as four different Beacons found the back of the net. Amanda Pugliese (Pembroke, Mass.) added two assists and sophomore back Sam Bendick (New Egypt, N.J.) was also credited with a helper.
Junior goalie Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) teamed up with Dani Perkins (Murrieta, Calif.) and Jess Charette (Bedford, Mass.) for the Beacons seventh shutout of the season. Spain and Perkins each made three saves apiece, while Charette made her season debut with 15 minutes of action to close the game.
Audrey Maia made nine saves on 16 shots for the Anchorwomen to fall to 5-11-1. The junior managed to make seven stops in the first half to keep the game close, but couldn't keep the momentum going against the high-powered Beacons attack.
Modzelewski put UMass Boston ahead 1-0 in the 21st minute off a pass from Bendick. After a Beacons corner kick was cleared out of the box, Bendick ran onto the ball and sent a strong cross into the box for Modzelewski, who turned and flicked it pass Maia for the game's first marker.
UMass Boston quickly added to their advantage less than three minutes later, when Ledin scored the first of her three straight goals. The junior headed home a Pugliese corner kick to make it 2-0 at the 23:59 mark.
Ledin added to the Beacons lead at 35:24, when she took a pass from Pugliese and rocketed a shot into the upper netting from a near impossible angle along the goal-line.
The Beacons pushed the lead to 4-0 less than 10 minutes into the second half, when Andrews fed Ledin and Ledin sent the ball through Maia legs and into the twine.
Andrews kept the momentum going at 55:21, when she received the ball in open space and sent a high shot just under the bar for her first tally of the day.
UMass Boston made it 6-0 at 58:40, when Cristoforo sent a brilliant pass through traffic to Garufi who sent the shot past Maia on her first touch.
Andrews capped off the scoring at 75:46 when she dribbled through the defense and finished with the right foot for her 17th tally of the season.