Nov. 2, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. – Led by their top-two scorers in Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, Mass.), the fourth-seeded Beacons (13-6-1) cruised to a 2-0 win over the fifth-seed UMass Dartmouth Corsairs (7-11-2) in the first-round of the 2011 Little East Conference Women’s Soccer tournament. The victory moves the Beacons into the semi-final round, where they will face the regular-season champions Keene State College on Friday.
Wednesday’s match marked the third time that UMass Boston and UMass Dartmouth faced each other in the first round of the conference tournament. The last time the two faced each other was in 2009, when UMass Boston, who was the third seed that year defeated the Corsairs by the final score of 4-0. They also met in 2008, with the Beacons earning a 4-0 victory as the fourth-seed.
Ledin was the first to find the back of the net in Wednesday’s match. The freshman forward made a great move towards the Corsairs goal, and just as she entered the goal box, she ripped a shot, which was deflected down by goalkeeper Stephanie Borges. Even with the initial save, Ledin did not stop as she drove home her own rebound to the far post to make it 1-0 in the 53rd minute.
Seventeen minutes later, it was Mulry’s turn as she knocked in a loose ball that was headed into the box from defender Samantha Place (Newton, N.J.) off of a corner kick. Also picking-up the assist on the play was Brittany Spencer (West Brookfield, Mass.) who took the corner kick. Spencer drove the ball to the far post, where Place leaped up and headed it down. Still bouncing in the box, Mulry managed to get her foot to it, and snuck it past the Corsairs defense.
Prior to UMass Boston taking their 2-0 lead, Wednesday match was a stalemate. Neither team was able to mount any type of offense through the first 45 minutes of play. Prior to the halftime break, the Beacons managed just eight shots in the half, while the defense held UMass Dartmouth to zero shots.
After the intermission, the Beacons’ offense came alive, as they combined for 12 shots in the final 45 minutes of play, which included solid chances from Kellie Gomes (Halifax, Mass.) and Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, Mass.).
Place along with Alli Modzelewski (Newtown, Conn.), Jaime Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.), and Spencer neutralized any threat from the Corsairs. Their hard nose play allowed the offense to build momentum and eventually find the back of the net. The shutout marked the 12th of the season for the Beacons, as goalkeeper Dani Perkins notched just one save in the win. Borges totaled nine saves and faced a total of 20 shots from UMass Boston.
The Beacons also managed a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks, with seven of those coming in the first half of play.
UMass Boston will travel to Keene State on Friday for the semi-final round. Start time has not yet been determined. Friday’s contest will mark the fourth consecutive year that the Beacons have advanced to the semi-final round of the Little East tournament.