Sept. 2, 2011
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Less than 24 hours after winning their season opener, the University of Massachusetts women’s soccer (2-0) team picked-up their first shutout of the year as they defeated Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (0-1) by the final score of 3-0 Friday afternoon at Shewcraft Field.
Notching her first collegiate shutout was freshman goalkeeper Dani Perkins (Murrieta, CA/Murrieta Valley). The California native tallied just four saves to improve to 2-0 on the year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Beacons dominated their non-conference opponent as they outshot the Trailblazers 29-6.
The Beacons wasted little time taking control of Friday’s match as they notched their first two goals in the first 20 minutes of the contest. Their final score of the day came with just four minutes remaining on the clock.
Finding the back of the net first for UMass Boston was Brie Cavanaugh (Belchertown, MA/Belchertown), who redirected completed a well-executed set piece to break the scoreless draw at 10:58. Setting up the goal was Kellie Gomes (Halifax, MA/Silver Lake Regional) and Molly Kuchar (Asheville, NC/AC Reynolds).
Reigning Little East Conference Rookie of the Year Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, MA/Plymouth South), notched her first goal of the 2011 season at the 18:32 mark, when scored on a header off of a Julienne McCuish (Mashpee, MA/Mashpee) cross.
Through the first 45 minutes of play, the Beacons offense connected for a total of 21 shots, while the defense held MCLA to just one shot. After the break, UMass Boston continued to pressure the Trailblazers, tallying eight more opportunities. Their final goal was netted by junior Amanda Hill (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth) off of a Brittany Castillo (Yarmouth, MA/Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) corner kick.
UMass Boston recorded all 10 of the corner kicks taken in Friday’s match. MCLA goalkeeper Jen Wehner came up with a total of 16 saves in her 2011 debut.
Women’s soccer will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Eastern Nazarene for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference match.