GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) had a goal and an assist, and senior Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) netted a goal, as the visiting University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons opened the defense of their Little East Conference women's soccer championship with a 2-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win leveled the Beacons overall record at 3-3. The Huskies dropped their fourth straight decision to fall to 3-5 overall. The match was the LEC opener for both squads.
Ledin, the LEC's leading scorer the past two seasons, got the Beacons on the board in the sixth minute of play as she took a feed from rookie Hannah Lear (Plymouth, Mass.) and struck a left-footed shot past USM senior goalkeeper Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) for her sixth goal of the season.
In the 25th minute, Ledin set up Andrews for her fourth goal of the season with a pass from the right wing. The Beacons were unable to add to their lead before the halftime whistle as Cobb and the Huskies defense stiffened. The Beacons had the edge in play outshooting the Huskies 13-0 in the opening 45 minutes.
Southern Maine had two good scoring opportunities early in the second half. Senior Jordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) hit a left-footed shot from 15 yards out for the Huskies' first shot that UMB junior keeper Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) made the save on. Two minutes later, Grant would have her shot bounce off the right post.
The Beacons continued to pepper shots at Cobb throughout the second half, but the senior was equal to the task. Cobb finished the match with 11 saves. Spain had the one save to record her second shutout of the season. The Beacons finished the day with a 29-2 advantage in shots and an 8-1 margin in corner kicks.
Southern Maine is off until next Saturday (1:00 p.m.) when it travels to Plymouth State University for another LEC match. UMass Boston will host Suffolk University in a non-conference match on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.).