Nov. 2, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Junior midfielder Brianna Cavanaugh's (Belchertown, MA) goal just 0:26 seconds into the match proved to be the game-winner as the University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer team defeated the University of Southern Maine, 1-0, this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center field on the campus of UMass Boston in the quarterfinals of the Little East Conference tournament. With the win, the Beacons improve to 13-4-3 on the year and advance to the LEC semifinals for the third consecutive season. The loss drops the Huskies to 5-15 overall, ending their 2010 campaign.
UMass Boston controlled the game's opening kickoff and immediately carried the ball deep into Southern Maine territory. Junior forward Molly Kuchar (Ashville, NC) possessed the ball just outside the Huskies' 18-yard box before delivering a through pass to Cavanaugh who was able to find the back of the net for just her second goal of the season in the first minute of action.
The Beacons controlled much of the action in the first half, outshooting Southern Maine by a 13-5 margin as well as owning a 4-0 corner kicks advantage.
In the second half, the Huskies did everything they could to even the score as the game's physicality picked up with a more aggressive style of play. The best chance would come with 2:50 remaining in the stanza when senior forward Heidi DeHann (Lewiston, ME) found some space inside the Beacons' penalty box to create a golden scoring opportunity. DeHann fired off what appeared to be the game-tying shot only to have the ball ricochet off the crossbar and back into play. USM senior forward Danielle Poulin controlled the rebound and attempted another shot on goal but UMass Boston freshman goalkeeper Katie Coscia (Pittsfield, MA) was there to make the save and preserve the 1-0 margin for the Beacons.
Coscia finished the game with four saves to earn her fourth consecutive and eighth shutout on the season. She has not allowed an opponent goal in 440 minutes of action, the second longest streak in program history. Junior goalkeeper Kat Rothe made six saves in net for the Huskies.
The Beacons will be back in action on Thursday, November 4 when they head to Mansfield, CT to face the \#1 seeded Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors in the Little East Conference semifinals. In their only meeting of the season, the Warriors defeated UMass Boston, 3-0, on October 2. The two teams also met in last year's semifinals on November 5, 2009 as the \#2 seeded Warriors earned a 4-0 victory to advance to the LEC championship game in which they would defeat Keene State College, 1-0, in Keene, NH to advance to the NCAA tournament.