GORHAM, Maine—Behind a dominating 29-2 shot advantage, UMass Boston women's soccer cruised to a 2-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon in both team's Little East Conference opener at Hannaford Field.
Forwards Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) each finished with a goal and an assist to improve the defending Little East Conference Champions record to 3-3 and 1-0 in conference play. The host Huskies dropped their fourth straight contest as they fell to 3-5 and 0-1 in Little East play.
Ledin struck just over five minutes into the contest and it was all Beacons from there, as UMass Boston earned their seventh straight win over Southern Maine.
Goaltender Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) made one save to pick up her second shutout of the year and 10th of her career. The shutout put her into a tie for first all-time in UMass Boston history with teammate Dani Perkins (Murrieta, Calif.) who recorded 10 shutouts in 2011.
Southern Maine senior goaltender Katie Cobb made 11 saves on 13 shots to fall to 3-5 on the year.
The Beacons opened up the scoring at the 5:03 mark, when Ledin took a pass from Andrews and rammed it home for her team-leading sixth tally of the year.
Ledin returned the favor in the 25th minute, when Ledin fed Andrews, who promptly found the back of the net to make it 2-0 Beacons at the 24:36 mark. Andrews has now recorded a point in five of six of the team's games this year, including an assist in each of the past three games.
UMass Boston would continue to dominate first-half play, as the Beacons earned a 13-0 shot advantage and 5-1 edge in corners in the first stanza.
Second-half play would be more of the same, as Cobb came up with six saves to keep the deficit at two, while Spain made her only save of the day at the 48:13 mark, when she stopped a Jordan Grant shot.
Grant managed to hit the post minutes later, but those would be the only two shots Southern Maine could muster.
UMass Boston will return home Wednesday afternoon to host intra-city rival Suffolk University at 3:30 p.m.