BOSTON, Mass. – A pair of second half goals over the final 11 minutes lifted women's soccer to their third win in the last four matches as they defeated Wentworth Institute of Technology by the final of 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Sweeney Field.
UMass Boston 3, Wentworth Institute 1
UMass Boston (3-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Even at 1-1 heading into the final 11 minutes of regulation, Morgan Palma (Halifax, Mass.) registered her first goal of the 2018 campaign in the 79th minute to give the Beacons a one-goal lead. The freshman headed home the crucial game-winning goal off a corner, which was sent in by Allie Crawford (Kingston, Mass.). Just over three minutes later, the Beacons sealed the non-conference win with a Grace McGettrick (Marshfield, Mass.) header off a Crawford free kick.
The Beacons moved their record back to .500 for the first time this season with the victory and had now won four of their last four matches.
Grace Oliver (Rockland, Mass.) broke the scoreless draw in the 33rd minute after Jahlyla Ocampo (Braintree, Mass.) played a perfect ball into the box where she found her teammate. Ocampo brought the ball up the sideline where she saw Oliver sprinting into the box to finish off the first half score.
The Beacons would maintain the slim 1-0 lead into the halftime break. Wentworth evened the score at 1-1 in the 52nd minute with Abigail Meyers finding the back of the net on a one-tough volley off of a Emma DaSilva throw in.
Abby McCulloch (Weymouth, Mass.) improved her season record to 3-3-0 thanks to a nine save performance, as the Beacons freshmen class continues to shine every time they step on the field.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Wentworth outshot the Beacons 16-11 overall and 9-4 in shots on goal
- The Leopards also held a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks, but did not record a corner in the second half as compared to the Beacons three
- In total there were 29 fouls committed by both teams in what has become one of the Beacons most competed non-conference rivalries.
- Saturday's win marked the sixth for the Beacon all-time
- UMass Boston has now won back-to-back games over the Leopards and have won six of their six of their last eight meetings dating back to 2011.
- Of UMB's eight goals scored this year, six have come from either a freshman or transfer
The Beacons will host Emmanuel College on Tuesday at 7 pm.