Huskies Fall to UMass Boston in LEC Opener

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            BOSTON -- Junior forward Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, Mass.) and freshman forward Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) netted two goals apiece to lift the University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer team over the University of Southern Maine, 4-1, this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center field on the campus of UMass Boston.

            With the win, the Beacons improve to 4-1-1 overall and 1-0 in LEC play while the loss drops the Huskies to 2-5 overall, 0-1 in LEC play. The 4-1-1 start for UMass Boston is the program's best in school history.

            The Huskies struck first on sophomore forward Cathy Wise's (Cape Elizabeth, ME/Cheverus) third goal of the season just 13:29 into the match.  Wise received a through pass from senior defender Samantha Peters (Westbrook, Maine) and scored with a low shot to the far post, beating freshman keeper Katie Coscia (Pittsfield, Mass.) to put Southern Maine up, 1-0.

            With 1:53 remaining in the first half, Mulry erased a 1-0 deficit with her second goal of the season on a penalty kick. The junior would net the eventual game-winner at the 53:07 mark when she dribbled through the Huskies defensive line and beat junior goalkeeper Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine) with a low finish to put UMass Boston ahead for good, 2-1.

            Andrews got into the scoring mix late in the second half netting her sixth and seventh goals of the season on unassisted tallies. With 14:21 remaining in the match, the freshman put the Beacons on top 3-1 with a right-footed strike from the top of the 18-yard box. The rookie put home her second goal on the afternoon 80:51 into the contest after she dribbled her way past the Southern Maine backs for a low, near-post finish. This was Andrews' third multi-goal game on the campaign.

            Coscia finished the game with four saves for UMass Boston while Rothe picked up 10 saves in net for the Huskies.

            Southern Maine plays next on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) when they host Salem State College.  UMass Boston is back in action on Tuesday (3:00 p.m.) when they host Fitchburg State College.