BOSTON, Mass. – Looking to bounce back from their tough loss less than 24 hours ago, women's soccer got back on the winning track with a decisive 2-0 win over intra-city rival Wentworth Institute of Technology Saturday afternoon at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 2, Wentworth Institute 0
UMass Boston (1-1-0)
Wentworth Institute (0-2-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons put on another strong offensive performance as they possessed the ball for most of the contest. Prior to their first score of the game, the Beacons fired the ball of the cross bar multiple times, which rattled the Leopards defense.
UMB finally broke through in the 38th minute, when Alex Hee (Jackson, Wyo.) scored her first collegiate goal in over two years. Hee, who was sidelined in back-to-back seasons, with knee injuries had all of that hard work pay off as she knocked home a mishandled cross in the box.
The Beacons would hold the Leopards shotless in the first 45 minutes of play as they headed into the break with their slim 1-0 lead. In the second half, Wentworth came out looking for the equalizer and actually caught the Beacons sitting back.
However, once UMB was able to regain their poise they once again dominated the pace of play and held the ball in Wentworth's end for the final 30 minutes of action.
UMass finally got their much needed insurance goal in the 62nd minute off of a Kelly McNeil (Marshfield, Mass.) goal, her first of the season. McNeil drove home a perfectly placed cross from Grace McGettrick (Marshfield, Mass.) to the low far post give UMB all the breathing room they would need.
In goal freshman Maria Spylios (Leominster, Mass.) had another strong showing as she quarterbacked the Beacons line-up from start to finish. In her home debut, the freshman had to make just one save.
Allison Haynes finished with three saves for WIT, while her team managed just two shots in the final 45 minutes of Saturday's non-conference meeting.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston is now 7-10 all-time against Wentworth and have won three-straight over the Leopards
- The Beacons held a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks
- UMass Boston is now 7-3 against Wentworth since 2011 and have recorded three shutouts during that stretch
- Saturday's contest marked the home debut for six Beacons
- Spylios became the first freshman goalkeeper to earn a shutout in first collegiate start on her home field since Dani Perkins in 2011
The Beacons will travel to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. non-conference game.