PLYMOUTH, N.H. – In her first-ever collegiate start, Caroline Richards (Duxbury, Mass.) recorded five stops, while Morgan Palma (Halifax, Mass.) and Grace McGettrick (Marshfield, Mass.) each found the back of the net to lead women's soccer to a 2-0 Little East Conference win over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at Arold Field.
UMass Boston 2, Plymouth State University 0
UMass Boston (8-5-1, 3-2-1 Little East Conference)
Plymouth State (6-5-2, 2-5-0 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After making an immediate impact earlier in the week against Eastern Connecticut State, Richards earned a spot in the starting 11, where she continued her strong play. Richards along with the Beacons defense held the Panthers to just five shots on goal and 11 shots total in the crucial conference match-up.
Palma ended the scoreless draw in the 27th minute when she redirected a pass from Mary Jo Murphy (Worcester, Mass.) over the Panthers Cat Robbins. The goal was Palma's second of the campaign. The Beacons would maintain control of the momentum throughout the remainder of the first half.
UMB dominated offensively in the first 45 minutes as they outshot the Panthers 7-3. In the second half, Plymouth State increased their pressure dramatically as they looked for the equalizer.
However, Richards held strong making four of her five saves in the second. McGettrick clinched the victory with a late score off a Lindsay Bouscaren (Cambridge, Mass.) cross. The sixth of the year for McGettrick came in the 84th minute and capped-off another impressive win for UMB.
Plymouth State nearly scored the tying goal in the 83rd minute but were denied by Richards as she went to ground to make the save of the match.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Saturday's win marked the Beacons 10th in the all-time series
- UMB is now 10-1-1 since the 2008 season
- The Beacons have now shutout the Panthers a total of eight times in 12 matches
- With the goal McGettrick is now tied for the team lead in points with 12 alongside Allie Crawford
The Beacon swill host Framingham State University on Tuesday at 7 pm.