Nov. 2, 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 26 to November 1, it was announced today by the conference. The honor marks the second straight week that Penta has earned the honor and the fourth time this season that a Beacons' keeper has been selected for 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 now allow a goal in 135 minutes of action over two matches, while stopping all seven shots that she faced. The senior made a save in one half of play vs. Framingham State College on October 27, before leaving the match with an injury. The keeper recovered to post her second shutout of the campaign with a season-high seven saves vs. Little East Conference foe Rhode Island College on October 31.
The Revere High School product has split time in net this season, seeing action in 11 matches, while making nine starts. Penta owns a 0.94 goals against average in 765:00 minutes of play to rank second among conference leaders, while posting a .795 save percentage to stand third in the LEC. The keeper is among the league leaders with 0.18 shutouts per match (third) and 2.82 saves per contest (10th), while owning a 6-2-0 record. She currently owns a streak of 410:14 minutes without allowing a goal and is just 65 seconds short of the school record. She has not allowed a score since the 39:46 mark at Fitchburg State College on September 22.
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 29 career matches, while racking up 2354:09 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 nine and is second with a 3.33 goals against average and a .777 save mark as well, while placing third with 303 saves.
The Beacons are enjoying their finest season ever with a 13-4-1 record, including a 5-1-1 mark in conference play to establish the highest overall and league victory totals for a season in school history. UMass Boston is currently tied for second place in the LEC standings, but is seeded third in the upcoming Little East Conference tournament, due to a tie-breaker. The Beacons, who maintained a school-record nine-match unbeaten streak from September 15 to October 10, will host University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Tuesday, November 3 at the Clark Athletic Center in the LEC tournament. UMass Boston defeated the Corsairs, 2-1, in its only other meeting of the season on September 26.