GORHAM, Maine – After a scoreless first half, UMass Boston women's soccer (3-2-1, 1-0 Little East) used three second-half goals to cruise to a 3-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine (2-5-1, 0-1 Little East) in Saturday's Little East Conference opener at the Clark Athletic Field.
Junior Kara Peters (Feeding Hills, Mass.) opened the scoring with a gutsy second-effort goal eight minutes into the second half, to help lead UMass Boston to their third-consecutive victory in an LEC opener. Peters goal was her second in two seasons as a Beacon and her first career game-winning marker.
The Beacons tacked on an own-goal just a minute and 27 seconds later and senior Krista Ledin(Bridgewater, Mass.) added a late goal, to help the Beacons move above .500 for the first time this season.
Senior netminder Dani Perkins (Murrieta, Calif.) extended her scoreless streak to 225 minutes to start the season, as she made one save for her second win of the year. Perkins has posted back-to-back shutouts and has stopped all eight shots she has faced this season.
Southern Maine goaltender Marissa Temple (Grafton, Mass.) had a busy day for the Huskies, as Temple stopped 11 of the 14 shots she faced. Temple was phenomenal in keeping her team in the game all afternoon long she came well off her line on several instances to snuff out Beacons chances.
Freshman Emma Denison (South Portland, Maine) was credited with the team's lone shot on goal, while Amy Jose led the team with her two shots. With the loss, Southern Maine extended their winless streak to four in a row (0-3-1).
The Beacons owned a 26-5 advantage in shots and 15-1 edge in shots on goal, while also holding a 7-0 lead in corner kicks.
Saturday's first half was dominated by Beacons' possession with very few good looks for either side. With Southern Maine keeping nine or 10 players behind the ball, the Beacons were consistently kept outside the 18-yard box and struggled to put their shots from distance on goal.
UMass Boston began to turn the tide in the final eight minutes of the half, as UMass Boston had a pair of great chances off a corner kick, before Ledin nearly beat Temple on a breakaway with less than 30 seconds to play in the half.
After two more early chances from Ledin to start half number two, Peters put the Beacons ahead for good at 53:32. Alexandria Levesque (Metheun, Mass.) sent a cross into the box that was misplayed by a Southern Maine defender and fell onto the foot of a charging Peters. Peters' initial shot was blocked by Temple but the loose ball trickled towards the far post, where Peters rushed after it and jammed it home through the legs of a Huskies defender.
UMass Boston added a second tally at 54:59 when Ericka Garufi (Milton, Mass.) forced another miscue from the Huskies' defense. The senior midfielder sent a hard line drive shot from 22-yards out that deflected off the head of a defender and deflected into the net to beat Temple for a 2-0 lead.
Ledin finished off the scoring in the 83rd minute when she capitalized on a 2-on-1 chance. With Hannah Peterson (Plymouth, Mass.) running along with her on the near side of the box, Ledin kept a defender at bay, before burying a shot just inside the near post for her team-leading fourth goal of the season.
UMass Boston will travel to UMass Dartmouth next Saturday (12:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference contest. Southern Maine hosts Colby on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) in a non-conference game.