BOSTON, Mass. – A goal by Grace McGettrick (Marshfield, Mass.) in the 79th minute proved to be the deciding tally as women's soccer held on for a 3-2 non-conference win over Western New England University Thursday evening at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 3, Western New England U. 2
UMass Boston (5-2-0)
Western New England U. (2-4-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
McGettrick's goal which was scored following a pair of quick passes from Isa Andrade (Cambridge, Mass.) and Kelly McNeil (Marshfield, Mass.), was crucial for UMB, as the Golden Bears tried to the contest in the final three minutes of regulation. Summer Hathaway, cut the Beacons lead to one on a header goal off of an uncontested corner kick.
Despite leading the contest in shots and possessing the ball for a majority of the match, UMB had to settle for just the three goals. Morgan Palma (Halifax, Mass.) got the Beacons on the scoreboard in the 34th minute after knocked-home a one-timer from McNeil right outside the six-yard box. Mary Jo Murphy (Worcester, Mass.) also assisted as she brought the ball up the field and hit a perfect cross into the goal box.
Western New England would even the score at 1-1 in the 61st minute on a long range shot from Allison Bruehwiler. The forward took one quick touch and let a shot fly from about 25 yards out that beat Maria Spylios (Leominster, Mass.) to the far post.
The score remained deadlocked for only seven minutes, with Dani Anderson (St. Augustine, Fla.) finding the back of the net for her second goal of the season. Jackie Turner (Plymouth, Mass.) started the play initially when she brought the ball up nearly the entire length of the field before passing it off to Palma. Palma then made a half turn before putting the ball onto Anderson's left foot, which she one timed past Alexandra Lemekha.
Allie Crawford (Kingston, Mass.) nearly gave the Beacons an even earlier lead in the first half, but her shot bounced off the crossbar, while McGettrick nearly had her second of the night from point blank range with the ball just going over the bar as well.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons are now 6-0 all-time against WNEU
- UMass Boston held a 23-8 advantage in shots (12-4 in sog) and a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks
- Spylios improved to 5-2 on the year and made two saves in the win
- Lemekha made eight saves, with her teammates also making a goal stopping save late in the second half
- Palma's goal marked the first of the year and it was also her first multi-point game of the season (1g, 1a).
- McNeil's two assist night was a new career high for the freshman
The Beacons will host Castleton University on Saturday at 2 p.m. in a Little East Conference match.