Sept. 24, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. – With a combined seven points (3g, 1a) from freshman Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, MA) and three goal outing from senior Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, MA) the University of Massachusetts women’s soccer (5-3, 1-1 LEC) team cruised to their first Little East Conference win of the year defeating Rhode Island College (2-6, 0-2 LEC) by the final score of 9-0 Saturday afternoon at Clark Athletic Center Field.
Mulry and Ledin became the first two players to each record a hat trick in the same match in the program’s history. Ledin also became the first player since Jillian Moreira to record seven points in a match. Mulry’s hat trick was the fourth of her career, and first since September 22, 2009.
Sophomore Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, MA) also had herself a multi-goal game as she finished the match with her second and third goals of the year. She also assisted the Beacons final score of the day, which came from Kellie Gomes (Halifax, MA).
Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, MA), Gomes, Krista and Jamie Ledin (Bridgewater, MA), Courtney Viera (Fall River, MA), and Ally Lemieux (Hudson, NH) each managed at least one assist in Saturday’s conference win.
As a team, the Beacons combined for season-high 34 shots, with 21 of those coming in the first 45 minutes of play. Their 28 points (9 g, 10 a) is second most all-time and their 10 assists ties the single-game program record, which was set in 2010 in the win over Wheelock.
For Rhode Island College they were to just one shot, by a strong defensive effort led by all-conference sweep Samantha Place (Newton, NJ).
Goalkeeper’s Dani Perkins (Murrieta, CA) and Amanda Pang (Lowell, MA) combined for the shutout, with Pang tallying the only UMass save of the afternoon. Rhode Island goalkeeper Audrey Maia worked tirelessly throughout Saturday’s contest to limit the Beacons chances. In totaled she combined for eight saves, while teammate Ashlyn Cleary closed out the match with one save.
UMass held a +6 advantage in corner kicks (8-2), not allowing the first Rhode Island corner kick until late in the second half.
Women’s soccer returns to the Clark Athletic Center Field on Tuesday when they host the 23rd ranked Lyons of Wheaton College (MA) at 4 p.m.