Oct. 8, 2010
BOSTON, MA -Four different players netted two goals apiece to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer team over Wheelock College, 11-0, this evening under the lights at Winsor Field in Boston, MA. The Beacons improve to 7-2-3 overall while the loss drops the Wildcats to 0-9 on the year.
During the win, UMass Boston broke a school record for goals in a half with eight in the first stanza and broke the school standard for goals in a match with 11, eclipsing the previous total of 10 set last season in the Beacons 10-0 win over Newbury College on October 6, 2009.
Junior midfielder Molly Kuchar (Ashville, NC), junior forward Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, MA), freshman forward Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, MA) and freshman forward Kelli Neville (Milton, MA) each netted two goals for the Beacons to mark the first time in school history that they have had four players net two or more goals in the same match.
Andrews got the scoring started just 1:57 into the match when she converted a through-ball pass from senior midfielder Kimberly Campbell (East Bridgewater, MA) to put UMass Boston ahead, 1-0. Mulry made it 2-0 at the 9:31 mark when she connected for her fifth tally of the season on an unassisted score following a scrum in the box. Following a goal by freshman midfielder Samantha Cristoforo (Rockland, MA) at 16:14 into the first half, Mulry increased the Beacon's lead to 4-0 only 20 seconds later with her second goal of the match and sixth of the season coming off of Campbell's second assist on the night. Kuchar got into the scoring mix during the 21st minute of action when she fired a shot from outside the 18-yard box after receiving a cross from freshman midfielder Julie Nutting (Rockland, MA) to make it 5-0, UMB. Neville notched goals less than four minutes apart from each other to put the Beacons up 7-0 with less than 10 minutes to play in the first half. Junior forward Julienne McCuish (Mashpee, MA) assisted Neville's first score while Kuchar picked up the dime on the second marker. Nutting capped the first half scoring with her first collegiate goal with 4:22 to play in the stanza after she finished a shot set up by Kuchar to give the visiting squad the comfortable 8-0 halftime edge.
Sophomore Meghan O'Connell (Abington, MA) opened up the second half's scoring with her first collegiate goal, drilling a shot from 30-yards out after being set up by Kuchar's second assist on the match to make it 9-0. Andrews finished her second goal of the night at the 52:25 mark after being set up by Campbell's third assist of the match, which ties a UMass Boston single-game record last accomplished by Jillian Moreira on October 2, 2007 vs. Newbury College. With 1:13 remaining in the match, Kuchar registered her second goal of the match to cap the scoring and give UMass Boston the 11-0 advantage. Junior midfielder Nicki Finamore (Weymouth, MA) and senior midfielder Jill Collins (West Haven, CT) assisted on the final marker. On the game, UMass Boston owned a 38-0 shot advantage over the Wildcats and attempted seven corner kicks compared to zero by the home squad.
Junior Alexandra Chiesa (Medford, MA) made 14 saves for Wheelock, while freshman Katie Coscia (Pittsfield, MA) did not pick up a stop for UMass Boston in posting her third shutout of the season.
The Beacons are back in action on Saturday, October 9 when they travel to Danbury, CT to face Little East Conference foe Western Connecticut State University at 1:00 p.m. while the Wildcats head to Cambridge, MA to face Lesley University in a 10:00 a.m. tilt.