Junior goalkeeper Stephanie Borges
BOSTON, MA-Host UMass Boston broke a scoreless tie with two second half goals and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's soccer team, 2-0, in a first round Little East Conference playoff match at the Clark Athletic Center Field Wednesday afternoon.
After a scoreless first half, UMass Boston took a 1-0 lead when Krista Ledin scored unassisted in the 53rd minute when she picked up the rebound of her own shot and one-timed it inside the far goal post.
Kristin Mulry made it 2-0 when she scored in the 70th minute, picking up a loose ball in the box and firing it home. She was assisted by Samantha Place and Brittany Spencer.
"We definitely played better than we did the first time we played them," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Hanewich. "UMass Boston is a good team; we can't take anything away from them. We did a really good job on their leading scorer, and (junior goalkeeper) Stephanie Borges (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) was unreal, she made several good saves. (Freshman midfielder) Chelsea Gallant (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) did a good job on their leading scorer, and (sophomore defenders) Kelsey Leandro (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS/Westfield State) and Kathleen Landers (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS) did a good job on defense."
Hanewich said that the season was a step in the right direction. "We definitely improved a lot this year, and with a young team with only one senior, we're looking to work hard and come back next year."
The Beacons outshot the Corsairs, 20-6. Junior goalkeeper Stephanie Borges (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) made nine saves for UMD, while Dani Perkins was credited with one save for UMass Boston.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 7-11-2 with the defeat, while UMass Boston improved to 13-6-1 with the victory. UMass Boston will visit Keene State in the semi-finals Friday evening. The loss was the final action of the season for UMass Dartmouth.