GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, Mass./Hingham) scored a pair of goals, including the game winner, as the University of Massachusetts Boston held off a late surge by the University of Southern Maine to post a 3-2 victory in Little East Conference women's soccer action Saturday at the USM Soccer Field.
The win was the second straight for the Beacons who improve to 3-2-0 overall. The Huskies slide to 1-5-0 overall. The match was the conference opener for both sides.
Mulry snapped a 1-1 deadlock in the 24th minute when she collected a loose ball inside the 18-yard area and beat USM senior goalkeeper Alison Bradley (Auckland, New Zealand). Mulry got what proved to be the game winner two minutes into the second half, collecting the ball at the top of the 18-yard box and bouncing a shot off the left side post into the net. The two goals raise her season total to five.
Southern Maine had taken a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute when freshman Jessica Gassman (Kennebunk, Maine) launched a 25-yard shot over the outstretched hands UMB senior keeper Jessica Penta (Revere, Mass.). The goal was Gassman's first collegiate marker.
The Beacons tied the match in the 16th minute. Junior Nicki Finamore (Weymouth, Mass.) took the ball down the left side and crossed it into the area where senior Kristi Morales (San Francisco, Calif.) steered it past Bradley.
Junior Heidi DeHaan (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic's) pulled USM within one in the 82nd minute when she drove the ball in from the left and off the far side post for her second goal of the season.
Penta and Bradley each finished the match with two saves. UMB held a 10-7 edge in shots and a 4-2 margin in corner kicks.
Southern Maine returns to action on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) traveling to Bowdoin College. UMass Boston will play at Fitchburg State on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) under the lights.