Oct. 22, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. - Trailing 2-0 with 11 minutes left to play, sophomore Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, Mass.) sparked the Beacons offense with a brilliant goal, but unfortunately it was not enough as the Colonials of Western Connecticut State University (12-4, 5-1 LEC) managed to hang on to defeat women's soccer (11-6, 3-3 LEC) by the final score of 2-1 in a Little East Conference match Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Field.
Even with Saturday's loss, the Beacons still remain in fourth in the Little East Conference standings, going into their final weekend of conference play. Keene State remains the number one team in the LEC following their win over UMass Dartmouth today. Eastern Connecticut is currently ranked second, followed by Western Connecticut in third.
Cristoforo's game-changing goal was set-up perfectly by classmate Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.), who dropped the ball right on her teammate's foot. From there Cristoforo managed to spin her defender around, and then with an open lane at the goal chipped the ball to the far post to make it 2-1 in favor of the visitors.
With the goal from Cristoforo, the Beacons offense, which was quiet for most of the second half, came alive and took control of the match. Senior Brie Cavanaugh (Belchertown, Mass.) also had a tremendous chance for UMass off of a corner kick midway through the second half. The 5'9" midfielder managed to get above the defense and head the ball on target. However the perfectly placed shot was stopped in its tracks by Western Connecticut goalkeeper Caitlin Avery to keep the score at the time 2-0.
Western Connecticut saw both Lauren Francisco and Emily Burke find the back of the net in Saturday's match. Francisco netted her goal in the 20th minute of the first half on a one-timer to the far post after receiving a long pass from Katie Wolfe. Burke's eventual game-winner was the result of a miscommunication in the Beacons defensive third.
Burke managed to collect the loose ball at the top of the goal box and chipped it in, just as senior Samantha Place (Newton, N.J.) slid in to take the ball of her foot. In a last ditch effort to push the ball wide, defender Alli Modzelewski (Newtown, Conn.) jumped up and was able to get her head to the ball, but not enough as to change its direction.
On the day, Western Connecticut held a 9-5 advantage in shots, while UMass managed to post a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks. Avery tallied two saves, to earn her ninth win of the year. Dani Perkins (Murrieta, Cali.) posted three saves in Saturday's match.
Prior to the start of Saturday's match, the Beacons recognized their six senior members in Place, Cavanaugh, Julienne McCuish (Mashpee, Mass.), Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, Mass.), Ally Lemieux (Hudson, N.H.), and Molly Kuchar (Asheville, N.C.).
Women's soccer returns to action on Tuesday, when they host Framingham State University at 3 p.m.