Nov. 3, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. – With their 2-0 win over UMass Dartmouth yesterday afternoon, the fourth-seed Beacons will now pack their bags and travel to Keene, New Hampshire to face the 2011 Little East Conference regular-season champions Keene State College Owls in the semi-final round of the conference tournament. Friday’s meeting is set to kick-off at 6 p.m. from Owls Field.
The postseason meeting between UMass and Keene State will be the first-ever. Keene, who closed out the year with a perfect 7-0 record, captured the program’s seventh regular season title this fall. For UMass, this Friday’s meeting will mark the third consecutive semi-final appearance for head coach Amy Zombeck and her Beacons.
No stranger to taking on the top-team in the Little East, last fall UMass traveled to Eastern Connecticut State University, where in penalty kicks they defeated the first-seed Warriors to advance to the program’s first championship game. Coach Zombeck is confident that this year’s team will be able to repeat that upset, following another impressive regular season and 2-0 first-round win over UMass Dartmouth.
Against the Corsairs, it was freshman Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) and senior Kristin Mulry (Holbrook Mass.) that proved to be the deciding factor in the Beacons conference tournament win. After a scoreless first half, Ledin netted her 19th goal of the year in the 52nd minute on an unassisted play. From there Mulry sealed the tournament win with her 10th tally of the year in the 69th minute.
Goalkeeper Dani Perkins (Murietta, Cali.) had to come-up with one save to earn her 10th shutout of the season. Also playing a major part in not only yesterday’s win, but all of the 2011 season was the Beacons back-four led by senior Samantha Place (Newton, N.J.) and sophomore Alli Modzelewski (Newtown, Conn.). In the middle, the two have anchored the Beacons defensive third all season, and have limited their opponents to a mere 13 goals.
On the outside it has been Brittney Spencer (West Brookfield, Mass.) and Jamie Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) who have seen a majority of the minutes. With their aggressive play, the two have helped to make the UMass Boston defense one of the best in the conference.
Tomorrow’s match-up will mark the 16th meeting between the two squads, with the Owls winning all 16 previous encounters.
In the other semi-final match it will be the second-seed Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University, hosting the third-seed Colonials of Western Connecticut State University at 6 p.m. from Mansfield.
The winners of tomorrow’s matches will meet on Sunday to determine who will be the 2011 Little East Conference tournament champion, and receive the automatic bid to the NCAA Division women’s soccer tournament. A game-time and location will be determined following the conclusion of tomorrow’s games.