BOSTON, Mass. – Four different players found the back of the net as women's soccer extended their win-streak to 14 straight games as they handed Bridgewater State University a 4-1 non-conference loss Tuesday evening at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 4, Bridgewater State University 1
UMass Boston (17-2-0)
Bridgewater State University (10-7-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in their final non-conference game of the 2019 campaign. Grace Oliver (Rockland, Mass.) started the scoring on an unassisted goal in the second minute of the contest. The sophomore forward took advantage of a failed clear by the Bears defense, when she chipped the BSU goalkeeper Kellie Souza to the far post.
Bridgewater State cut the deficit in half when Amelia Burke scored a perfectly placed goal after some confusion in the Beacons defensive third. Thinking that Burke was offside, the Beacons defense began to move up the field, with Burke standing on her own unmarked. Coming off a pass from Kelly Powers, Burke got the ball on her foot and calmly placed it to the high far corner to make it 2-1 in the 31st minute.
Morgan Palma (Halifax, Mass.) got on the scoreboard just five minutes later to push the Beacons lead back to two. Mary Jo Murphy (Worcester, Mass.) made a great run up the sideline and just as the ball was about to go out, the sophomore back toe poked it to the middle of the goal box. Andrade nearly tapped the ball in, but with the wet turf it skipped past the freshman, where it met a nearly wide-open Palma, who blasted it past Souza.
Murphy then gave the Beacons their insurance goal in the 79th minute, when she made a great run up the middle of the field and into the box. She would then fire off a shot that hit right into Souza. However the goalkeeper was unable to grab the ball, as it bounced right back to Murphy where she then knocked it in for her third goal of the season.
Bridgewater State's best chance in the second half came off of the foot of Alana Vincent, when she unloaded a rocket from about 25 yards out that slammed off the goal post.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win the Beacons extend their home win-streak to 13 straight which stands as the third-longest home win-streak in Division III women's soccer
- The Beacons 14-game win-streak is also a program record
- Maria Spylios (Leominster, Mass.) made just three saves to earn her 16th win, which moves her into second place for most wins by a goalkeeper in a single season
- The Beacons are now 7-2-1 all-time against Bridgewater State
- The Beacons four goals mark the most ever scored by either UMB or BSU in their longtime series
- The loss ended Bridgewater State's five-game win-streak and was their first loss since falling to another Little East Conference opponent in UMass Dartmouth on October 8 (2-1 OT)
The Beacons will travel to Western Connecticut State University on Saturday for a 2 p.m. Little East Conference match that will decide the 2019 LEC Regular Season Champion and the top-seed for next week's conference tournament.