October 26, 2013

Women's Soccer Dominates Plymouth State 5-1

PLYMOUTH, N.H.—After a slow first half, Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) and Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) each scored two goals to launch UMass Boston women's soccer to a 5-1 rout of the host Plymouth State University Panthers Saturday afternoon at Panther Field. 

UMass Boston moves to 13-4 and 5-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory. With a win next Saturday against Rhode Island College, UMass Boston will earn their second straight Little East Conference Regular Season Title and earn the number one overall seed in the Little East Tournament. The loss drops Plymouth State to 5-11 and 1-5 in conference play.

The two sides went into halftime tied 1-1 after a late goal by Plymouth State's Julie Behan, but Andrews and Ledin turned things around in a hurry in the second half.

UMass Boston's top two scorers each recorded a marker in the first 10 minutes of the second half to open up a comfortable lead, before scoring once more in the waning minutes of the contest. 

Andrews ended the game with two goals and two assists for a season-high six-point day. On the other side, Ledin tied her own program and Little East Conference record with her 26th goal of the year, matching her goal total from a year ago.

Junior Ericka Garufi (Milton, Mass.) scored the Beacons first goal of the contest, off a pass from sophomore Kara Peters (Feeding Hills, Mass.).

In net, Kristen Spain made four saves on five shots to help the Beacons pick up their seventh consecutive victory.

Annaliese Schmidt matched her season-high for saves with 13 stops on 18 total shots for the Panthers.

UMass Boston dominated the stat sheet, earning a 27-7 edge in shots and 18-5 advantage in shots on goal. The Beacons also were awarded 10 of the 11 corner kicks on the afternoon.

Garufi put the Beacons ahead less than 10 minutes into the contest, when she took a feed from Peters and buried the ball past Schmidt for her third goal of the season.

Plymouth State tied it with less than five minutes to go in the first half, when Kate Nixon found Behan at the top of the box, and Behan sent it just past Spain's reach into the far netting.

The Beacons came out of the half ready to go, as Ledin and Andrews each scored within the first 10:02 of the second half.

Andrews set up Ledin's first tally of the day, as she sent a great lead pass from the middle of the field to Ledin. Ledin tracked the ball down and then sent it by Schmidt for her seventh game-winning goal of the year. The seven game-winning goals ties her own program-mark that she set as a freshman for the most game-winning goals in a single season.

UMass Boston pushed the lead to 3-1 at 55:02, when Andrews snuck the ball past Schmidt on a shot from the left side for her first goal of the contest.

Ledin and Andrews connected again in the 84th minute, when Andrews fed a pass to Ledin from the midfield and Ledin blew by the defense, before beating the goalie to the left side. 

Andrews capped off the scoring at 84:35, when she dribbled through the defense and beat the goalie to the left side for her 15th goal of the season.

UMass Boston will finish off their non-conference schedule Tuesday when they travel to Bridgewater State University at 3:30 p.m.