PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A second half goal by Dani Anderson (St. Augustine, Fla.) lifted the women's soccer program to a crucial 2-1 Little East Conference win over Rhode Island College Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
UMass Boston 2, Rhode Island College 1
UMass Boston (14-2, 6-0 Little East Conference)
Rhode Island College (3-12, 0-7 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons wasted no time in taking the lead when sophomore forward Grace McGettrick (Marshfield, Mass.) scored her team-leading 11th goal of the season. Sophomore forward Grace Oliver (Rockland, Mass.) came down the left sideline and fed McGettrick for a shot just inside the top corner of the box to stake the visitors to a 1-0 lead.
The hosts nearly tied the game up in the 22nd minute after a UMB foul set up RIC for a free kick from 35 yards out. Sophomore defender Audra Gracia launched a kick that got by Beacon freshman goalkeeper Maria Spylios (Leominster, Mass.) and was headed directly to junior forward Soleil Galagarza on the back post. The UMB defense got to the ball first and cleared it out of harm's way.
The Anchormen knotted the game, 1-1, in the 30th minute when Amore beat her defender down the sideline, cut into the box and ripped a shot that was saved by a Spylios dive. The rebound went right back to Amore who fired the ball into the open net for her fifth marker of the season.
UMass Boston regained its advantage in the 51st minute off a corner kick. Sophomore midfielder Allie Crawford (Kingston, Mass.) took a corner that sailed over the top of the box and found the foot of freshman defender Kelly McNeil (Marshfield, Mass.). McNeill slid a pass over to sophomore defender Anderson on the wing who bent a perfect shot into the far corner for her third of the season.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win UMass Boston is now 6-0 in Little East play for the first time in program history
- Saturday's contest marked the 300th career game for head coach Amy Zombeck
- The game-winning goal for Anderson marked the second of the season for the sophomore back and first against an LEC opponent
- UMass Boston is now 12-12-2 against the Anchorwomen
- The Beacons extended their unbeaten streak against RIC to 12-0-2 with Saturday's win
The Beacons will travel to Framingham State University on Tuesday for a 3:30 pm non-conference game. The game was originally scheduled to be played at 7 pm but was moved to an early start to EEE warnings in the Framingham area.
Information for this release provide by the Rhode Island College Sports Information Department