BOSTON, Mass. – With first half goals from Katy Clark (Scituate, Mass.) and Kerri Alexander (Carver, Mass.), women's soccer collected their first shutout victory of the season as they blanked Wentworth Institute of Technology by the final of 2-0 Wednesday evening at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 2, Wentworth Institute 0
UMass Boston (2-8-1)
Wentworth Institute (3-7-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Clark got the Beacons on the board early in the first half, as she finished off a rebound in just the 14th minute. Freshman standout Madison Grabowski (Easthampton, Mass.) brought the ball into the box and fired a shot which hit off the inside of the far post.
With the loose ball, right in front of the goal line, Clark crashed the net as powered through the Wentworth defense to score the crucial go-ahead goal. The tally marked the first of her career for Clark.
Twelve minutes later Alexander gave the Beacons some breathing room as she tapped in a perfectly placed corner kick. Carly Robinson (Pittsfield, mass.) connected with her teammate on the huge corner kick opportunity, as UMB took over control of Wednesday's non-conference match.
UMB, nearly added another two goals in the second half, with Grabowski and Alexander each firing off shots that nearly hit their marks midway through the final half.
The Beacons dominated play from start to finish as they outshot the Leopards 18-12. The Beacons tallied a combined 11 shots in the first half, to gain the early momentum.
Jessie Tenaglia (Braintree, Mass.) notched a total of two saves through the first 45 minutes of play, while junior Alyssa Fugiel (Easthampton, Mass.) registered one stop, as the duo shared the shutout.
Christie Fleming, who played the first 30 minutes of Wednesday's contest, was handed the loss after allowing both UMB goals. Micaela Robinson then closed out the match for WIT, and made four of the team's seven saves.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston led 6-2 in corner kicks and led 9-3 in shots on goal
- The win marked the first of the year for Tenaglia (1-3-0)
- The win over WIT marked the first for the Beacons since the 2014 season when they earned a 6-1 win on the harbor campus.
- Wednesday's match marked the first home regular season non-conference weekday game for the Beacons since October 28, 2014 when they faced Bridgewater State University
- The shutout victory is the first for the Beacons since their 2-0 victory over Plymouth State on November 13, 2015
- The shutout win over the Leopards was the first for UMB since 2012 when they earned a 3-0 victory at home
The Beacons will travel to the University of Southern Maine on Saturday for a 1 p.m. conference game.