Sept. 11, 2010
WELLESLEY, MA -- Sophomore Megan Turchi (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) launched a direct kick from 25 yards out into the back of the net to propel Wellesley College past the University of Massachusetts Boston, 2-1 in double overtime this afternoon on the Wellesley College campus.
After the first overtime ended without a winner, Turchi's goal came 1:39 into the second overtime period, following a UMass Boston foul that resulted in the free kick. The goal was the first of the season for Turchi, who finished second on the Blue in scoring in 2009.
Wellesley got on the board first, as freshman Ariel Chao (Carlsbad, CA) continued her three-game scoring streak with a goal in the 17th-minute of play. Chao was assisted by classmate Ava Mokhtari (Eden Prairie, MN).
The Blue's early lead would stand until the Beacons knotted the game at 1-1 in the 59th minute of play. Freshman forward Ally Modzelewski (Newtown, CT) tallied the equalizer for UMass-Boston after finishing a through-ball from freshman forward Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, MA).
In the first overtime period, Wellesley recorded a 3-1 shot advantage, but neither team could find the back of the net. For the game, the Blue out-shot the Beacons, 24-8.
UMass-Boston keeper Katie Coscia (Pittsfield, MA) played a solid game, tallying a career-high eight saves. Wellesley netminder Sarah Gray (Montclair, VA) picked up two saves on the afternoon.
The victory sends the Blue (3-1) to tomorrow's championship game of the Wellesley Invitational to face St. Lawrence at 1:30pm. UMass-Boston (2-1) will play Simmons in the consolation game at 11:00am. St. Lawrence earned a 5-0 victory over the Sharks in first game of the day to advance to the title game.
*Story content provided by Wellesley College Sports Information Dept.