Sept. 1, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, MA - Freshman forward Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, MA) tallied the first two goals of her collegiate career, including the game-winner just 1:33 into the second overtime to give the University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer team a 3-2 victory over host Western New England College today in Springfield, MA at Suprenant Field on the campus of Western New England.
The Beacons improve to 1-0 on a day that saw the thermometer reach 95 degrees, following their season opener, while the Golden Bears fall to 0-1. The match marked the first time the teams had ever played each other and the double overtime triumph is the first-ever in school history in 11 previous double overtime tilts for UMass Boston.
After a scoreless 10 minutes in the first extra session, Andrews capped an impressive showing for the Beacons with a blast from the left side on a feed from freshman midfielder Samantha Cristoforo (Rockland, MA), who notched her first collegiate point on the play. Andrews becomes the first UMass Boston player to net a pair of goals in her UMB debut since 2004 when Katherine Olsen found the back of the net twice vs. Eastern Nazarene College in a 2-1 win on September 7.
Junior midfielder Molly Kuchar (Ashville, NC) gave the Beacons and early 1-0 edge with a corner kick just 5:29 into the match. The score gave her 27 points for her career to pull into a tie for fifth on the school's career list with Amanda Greene (2002-03) and Tina Gillen (2009).
The Golden Bears tied the contest when junior forward Sara McMurray (Enfield, CT) fired home a shot in the 32nd minute with an assist from freshman forward Nina Vital (Ludlow, MA).
UMass Boston reclaimed the lead when Andrews hit the back of the net for her first collegiate tally with an assist from junior forward Julienne McCuish (Mashpee, MA) in the 61st minute.
WNEC missed a chance to tie the match when a goal was disallowed by an offsides call in the 71st minute.
Western New England College controlled the ball for much of the final 10 minutes and finally netted the equalizer when sophomore midfielder Maureen Riley (Chicopee, MA) tallied her first collegiate goal with just 1.3 seconds left in regulation. Vital again assisted on the play.
Freshman keeper Katie Coscia (Pittsfield, MA) turned away seven shots to earn her first collegiate win for the Beacons, while freshman goalie Kayla Prout (Holyoke, MA) made seven saves in her Golden Bears' debut as well.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Tuesday, September 7 when it hosts Eastern Nazarene College at 3:30 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center Field for its home opener, while Western New England hosts Elms College on Saturday, September 4 at 1:00 p.m.