(With contributions from UMass Boston Sports Information)
BOSTON – Sophomore Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass./West Bridgewater) scored a pair of second-half goals as the University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons pull away for a 3-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in Little East Conference women's soccer action Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Field.
The Beacons rebounded from their first loss of the season this past Tuesday against Wheaton College to take the victory over the Huskies. The Beacons improved to 9-1 overall and remain undefeated in conference play after three matches. The Huskies fell to 1-9-0 overall and are winless in the conference.
The Beacons got the only goal they would need in the 10th minute of play. Junior Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, Mass.) took a pass from classmate Julie Nutting (Rockland, Mass.) and hit a shot through traffic to beat USM senior goalkeeper Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine). That would be the only score of the opening 45 minutes as Cobb shut the door on any further scoring despite UMB rolling up a 13-2 advantage in shots.
Ledin would tally her conference-leading 12th and 13th goals in the second half. Ledin flicked a shot off a corner kick from sophomore Brittany Castillo (Yarmouth, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth) in the 62nd minute to make it 2-0. She added her second goal of the match in the 77th minute, off an assist from Cristoforo, beating Cobb up high.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass./Archbishop Williams) earned her fifth shutout of the season stopping two shots. Cobb, making her first start of the season, had 10 saves.
The Huskies best scoring opportunities came in the final 10 minutes as sophomore Emma Pooler (Lebanon, Maine/Noble) was stopped by Spain in the 81st minute, and Pooler's bid in the 88th minute went wide.
UMass Boston finished the match with a 26-7 advantage in shots and a 7-2 edge in corner kicks.
Southern Maine is off until next Saturday (1:00 p.m.) when it hosts Plymouth State University for a Little East Conference match. UMass Boston will play a non-conference match on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.) at Colby-Sawyer College.