O'Grady's Golden Goal, Caps Senior Day Comeback For Women's Soccer

O'Grady's Golden Goal, Caps Senior Day Comeback For Women's Soccer

BOSTON, Mass.—Senior Jaclyn O'Grady (Somers, Conn.) scored 3:54 into overtime to complete UMass Boston women's soccer's comeback win over Rhode Island College on Senior Day. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 3, Rhode Island College 2 (OT1) 

(UMass Boston 11-5-1, Little East 4-2-1) 
(Rhode Island College 6-9-1, Little East 2-4-1) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

After coming out flat and falling behind 2-0 at the break, the "Comeback Kids" earned their fifth come-from-behind win of the season, with three goals in the final 40 minutes. 

Freshman Allie Crawford (Kingston, Mass.) sent a long ball over the top for O'Grady, who ran onto the ball and toe poked it past the onrushing keeper for the golden goal-just 3:54 into the first overtime session.

O'Grady finished the game with a team-best goal and an assist, while Crawford recorded assists on the game-tying and game-winning goals. 

Freshmen Mary Jo Murphy (Worcester, Mass.) and sophomore Lindsay Bouscaren (Worcester, Mass.) each scored in the second half to tie the game. 

After a tough first half, freshman Caroline Richards (Duxbury, Mass.) finished the game with six saves on eight shots to move to 4-1.  

Brittany DeGrooth, the Little East Conference leader in goals and points, recorded both goals for the visitors. 

In net, Erica Edwards made nine saves on 12 shots to fall to 4-8-1.  

Rhode Island College took advantage of the Beacons first-half woes, as DeGrooth struck for two goals in a 13:40 span. 

Brooke Young found DeGrooth in space at the top of the box and DeGrooth sent a low spinning left-footed shot, that Richards slowed down, but the ball slid past her and eventually spun over the goal line at 22:24.  

The Anchorwomen stunned the Beacons at 36:04 when they doubled their lead. Soleil Galagarza fed DeGrooth on the far side and DeGrooth sent a tight-angled, right-footed shot through Richards and just off the near post and in for a 2-0 lead. 

After the Beacons nearly cut the deficit to one on a Morgan Palma (Halifax, Mass.) header, the Anchorwomen dominated the rest of the half in search of a third goal. 

UMass Boston struggled to get things going to start the second half, until Murphy scored at 53:58. O'Grady fed Rosemond along the far sideline and Rosemond blasted a cross through the six-yard box. Murphy just barely caught up to the cross with her left foot, and toe-poked it home with her right as she was regaining her balance. 

UMass Boston evened the match in the 79th minute. After Crawford was taken down just inside the Anchorwomen's half, she blasted a free kick into the box that Bouscaren headed over the keeper and in-all while having her back to goal. 

The Beacons had a golden opportunity to win in regulation, but Bouscaren's penalty kick effort was stopped by Edwards at 84:11. 

Rhode Island College came out firing to start overtime. The Anchorwomen earned a pair of corner kicks and DeGrooth fired a dangerous free kick in on net, only to be denied by a diving effort from Richards. 

The Beacons scored on their first and only look in overtime. Crawford sent a line drive pass from inside her own half that found O'Grady in stride and the senior easily scored her sixth career game-winning goal.  

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Prior to the contest, UMass Boston honored seniors Kate Leavitt (Plymouth, Mass.), Alyssa Fugiel (Easthampton, Mass.) and O'Grady who were playing in their final regular season home game. 
  • After being outshot 14-7 in the first half, UMass Boston finished the game with a 20-18 lead in shots and 11-8 edge in shots on goal. Both teams finished with five corner kicks. 
  • With her three-point day, O'Grady moved into sixth-place in program history with her 48 career points. She has recorded a career-best 18 points as a senior. 
  • Crawford sits tied for second in program history with her 11 assists in a single-season. She is just one shy of tying the all-time record, set by Krista Ledin ('13) in 2012. 
  • The Beacons have recorded 12 of their 37 goals this season (32.4%) from the 75th minute on in games. 
  • UMass Boston improved to 2-0-1 in overtime games, while Rhode Island College fell to 2-1-1. 
  • With the win, UMass Boston stretched their unbeaten streak to 12-straight against Rhode Island College (10-0-2). 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will close out non-conference play on Tuesday at 7 p.m., when they travel to take on Bridgewater State University. The Beacons are 7-3 in non-conference play and have seven of their past eight contests.