Oct. 20, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Three different players netted a pair of goals for the University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer team in a 9-0 victory over visiting Massachusetts Maritime Academy today at the Clark Athletic Center Field on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons improve to 10-3-1, while the Buccaneers fall to 0-13-0.
UMass Boston broke a school record for goals in a half with eight in the first stanza and tied the school standard for points in a game with 26, eclipsing the total of seven assists and tying the point total set earlier this season on October 6 vs. Newbury College. The Beacons also broke the school record for assists in a match with eight. UMass Boston had notched seven assists vs. Wheelock College earlier this season on September 15.
Junior forward Tina Gillen (Carver, MA), sophomore forward Julienne McCuish (Mashpee, MA) and senior midfielder Erika Marsters (Mashpee, MA) each netted two goals for the Beacons to mark just the second time in school history that they have had three players net two or more goals in the same match. The first time it occurred was vs. Newbury on October 6.
Gillen broke into the scoring column for UMass Boston when sophomore forward Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, MA) carried the ball to the endline before finding Gillen in the box at the 10:44 mark of the first half. Gillen's second tally came at 51:28 of the second stanza when sophomore midfielder Molly Kuchar (Ashville, NC) brought the ball into the box, shot and Gillen finished the rebound for her seventh goal of the season to cap the scoring at 9-0. Kuchar picked up her third assist of the match on the score to tie Stacey Peterson (10/15/02 at Pine Manor) and Jillian Moreira (10/2/07 vs. Newbury) for the school record for helpers in a game.
Kuchar's first assist came at 30:20 of the first half off a shot that floated just through the Mass Maritime keeper's hands and onto the foot of Marsters for a 3-0 Beacons' margin. Marsters stuck again when junior midfielder Nicki Finamore (Weymouth, MA) crossed from the back post and Marsters converted for her third goal of the season to match her career-high and give UMass Boston a 6-0 lead at 40:46 of the first half. McCuish extended the Beacons' advantage to 7-0, just 58 seconds later, when she scored on a scramble in front of the net with sophomore midfielder Allyson Lemieux (Hudson, NH) getting credit for the helper at 41:44. Sophomore defender Samantha Place (Newton, NJ) fed McCuish for her third tally of the year with a through ball to the weak side at 43:11 of the opening half for an 8-0 lead.
Sophomore midfielder Alex Deware (Needham, MA) took advantage of her recent move up to the midfield when she dribbled through the defense to the back line and scored on a low shot into the right corner for her first collegiate goal at the 18:12 mark of the first half and a 2-0 UMass Boston lead. Junior midfielder Kimberly Campbell (East Bridgewater, MA) netted her second marker of the year when McCuish crossed a ball from the top of the box for a one-timer at 35:36 of the first half. The assist was part of McCuish's career-best five points on the day. The Beacons scored just 3:15 later when Kuchar sent a corner kick into the box, where Place redirected the kick into top left corner with a header for her first goal of the campaign at 38:51 for a 5-0 advantage.
Senior keeper Jessican Penta (Revere, MA) was untested in the first half for UMass Boston, while junior Michelle Cain (Essex, MA) did not face a shot on net as well to combine on UMass Boston's sixth shutout of the season. Freshman goalie Rachel Johnson (South Chatham, MA) made 15 saves for the Buccaneers, who were outshot 46-1 on the afternoon.
The Beacons will be in action again on Saturday, October 24 when they travel to Plymouth, NH to take on Little East Conference rival Plymouth State College at 1:00 p.m., while Mass Maritime travels to Worcester, MA for a 4:00 p.m. match on October 24 at Worcester State College.