Oct. 26, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer player Jessica Penta (Revere, MA) has been named Little East Conference Women's Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week for her play during the week of October 19-25, it was announced today by the conference. The honor marks the third time this season that a Beacons' keeper has earned the award. Junior goalie Michelle Cain (Essex, MA) was also named the league's top keeper for the weeks of September 28 to October 4 and October 5-11.
Penta did not allow a goal in 135 minutes of action over two matches, while earning a pair of wins for UMass Boston. The senior was perfect in net with six saves as well. Penta played the first half to share in a 9-0 shutout of Massachusetts Maritime Academy on October 20 and stopped a season-high of six shots to earn her first career shutout in a 2-0 road win over Little East Conference rival Plymouth State University on October 23.
The Revere High School product has split time in net this season, seeing action in nine matches, while making seven starts. Penta owns a 1.14 goals against average in 630:00 minutes of play to rank fourth among conference leaders, while posting a .742 save percentage to stand eighth in the LEC. The keeper is among the league leaders with 0.11 shutouts per match (fifth) and 2.56 saves per contest (10th), while owning a 5-2-0 record.
Penta returned to the patrol the Beacons' net after a two-year hiatus, but made quite an impact during her freshman campaign in 2006, leading all of NCAA Division III with 272 total saves in a school-record 1589:09 minutes of action. Her save total that season is also the school record. She has currently played in 27 career matches, while racking up 2219:09 minutes of action to rank third on the UMass Boston career games played and minutes played leader board. Penta also ranks second on the school's career victory list with eight and third with 295 saves, a 3.53 goals against average and a .772 save mark.
The Beacons are enjoying their finest season ever with an 11-3-1 record, including a 4-1-1 mark in conference play to establish the highest overall and league victory total for a season in school history. UMass Boston is currently tied for second place in the LEC standings and maintained a school-record nine-match unbeaten streak from September 15 to October 10. The Beacons will play again on Tuesday, October 27 when they host Framingham State College at 3:30 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center field.