Oct. 31, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore forward Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, MA) registered her second hat trick of the season and third of her career and senior keeper Jessica Penta (Revere, MA) posted her second shutout of the season to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer team over visiting Rhode Island College, 5-0, today in a Little East Conference match at the Clark Athletic Center Field on the campus of UMass Boston.
The Anchorwomen fall to 3-12-0 overall and 1-6-0 in LEC play to finish their season, while the Beacons improve to 13-4-1 and 5-1-1 to extend their school record for victories. UMass Boston has secured the number three seed in the Little East Conference Tournament for its highest seeding ever. The Beacons will host University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Tuesday, November 3 in the LEC Tournament quarterfinals, tentatively scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center Field.
Mulry gave UMass Boston a 2-0 lead at the 22:32 mark of the first half when classmate Molly Kuchar (Ashville, NC) found her with a cross through the back line that she finished with a low shot into the right corner. Mulry's second tally came just under 10 minutes later when she carried the ball on the break away, made a move on the keeper and scored inside the box at 32:22 of the first half. Sophomore forward Julienne McCuish (Mashpee, MA) flicked a cross from midfield that Mulry picked up and scored with a shot from 25 yards out for her league-leading 15th goal of the season to give the Beacons a 4-0 lead with just 18 seconds left in the first stanza. The score also made her just the second player in school history to register two or more hat tricks in a season.
Senior midfielder Erika Marsters (Mashpee, MA) celebrated UMass Boston's Senior Day by bookending the team's scoring with a pair of goals on the day to match her career-best. Junior forward Tina Gillen (Carver, MA) sent a through ball in the box to Marsters, who converted a shot through the keeper into the near post just 2:47 into the contest to put the Beacons on the board. Marsters capped the afternoon's scoring when sophomore midfielder Brianna Cavanaugh (Belchertown, MA) fed her in the box and she finished with a high shot over the Rhode Island College keeper at the 57:26 mark to give UMass Boston a 5-0 advantage. The tally gave Marsters 11 points to match her career-high and give UMB five players with 10 or more points on the season for the first time in program history.
Penta stopped all seven shots she faced to extend her consecutive minutes without a goal allowed streak to 410:14, dating back to September 22 when she allowed a score at Fitchburg State College at the 39:46 mark. Junior goalie Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI) made 16 saves on the day for the Anchorwomen.