Nov. 11, 2009
BIDDEFORD, ME - Sophomore forward Maggie Mahoney (Newburyport, MA) netted a goal and assisted on another to lead the third-seeded University of New England women's soccer team over sixth-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston, 3-1, in the quarterfinals of the ECAC New England Tournament this evening in Biddeford, ME on the campus of UNE. The Beacons their season with a 14-6-1 record in their best season ever, while the Nor'easters improve to 15-3-0 and advance to the semifinals to play second-seeded Keene State College, which defeated Lesley University, 5-0, in its quarterfinals match. UNE will play on Saturday vs. Keene State on Saturday, November 14.
University of New England got on the board first when Mahoney crossed to senior midfielder Ali Trafton (Manchester, ME), who drew the UMass Boston keeper in, before flicking a shot into the right corner of the back of the net at 11:10 of the first half for her team-leading seventh goal of the season. The Beacons were in position to knot the score in the first half when junior forward Tina Gillen (Carver, MA) dribbled into the box in the 57th minute, but senior goalie Leigh Engel (Richmondville, NY) came up to intercept the ball for the Nor'easters before she could get a quality shot off.
The Nor'easters had a few excellent chances in the first stanza with sophomore forward Sarah Richardson (Rochester, NH) taking a shot from the right side that found too much of the cross bar just 1:50 into the contest. Senior keeper Jessica Penta (Revere, MA) did everything she could to keep University of New England off the board in the first half with an aggressive style of play. Mahoney fired a shot point blank at the 9:45 mark, but Penta stopped it and later turned away another try from Mahoney when the forward carried the ball into the box, but Penta came off her line to swipe the ball away and end the threat. The Nor'easters looked primed to sneak a tally in the final minute before the intermission when Penta came off her line, but was unable to handle a loose ball that sophomore midfielder Alice Read (Auburn, ME) corralled and unleashed a shot from the right end line that ricocheted off the right post and onto the foot for an open shot by freshman midfielder Lauren Blaisdell (Scarborough, ME), but the shot went wide left of the open net.
University of New England increased their lead to 2-0 when Richardson ster, NH) crossed to freshman midfielder Karina Scavo (Mount Sinai, NY) inside the box for a low shot into the left corner at the 75:10 mark. UMass Boston responded just over three minutes later when sophomore forward Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, MA) took a shot that was stopped by the Engel, but collected the rebound and tallied her team-leading 17th goal of the year on a high shot into the left corner at 78:34 of the second stanza. Mahoney gave the Nor'easters an insurance goal with a marker after she trapped the ball on herself inside the 18-yard box and lifted a shot into the right corner of the back of the net with just 1:55 left in the match for a 3-1 lead.
Penta stopped seven shots in her final collegiate match for UMass Boston, while Engel made five saves for University of New England.
Mulry finished the season with 17 goals and 37 points for the second-highest single-season totals in school history and is just one point and one goal shy of the Beacons' career mark for points and goals. Senior midfielder Kristi Morales (San Francisco, CA) caps her UMass Boston career as the school's career leader in matches played with 74.