BOSTON, Mass. - Junior Kristi Morales (San Francisco, Calif.) netted the only goal of the afternoon and sophomore keeper Ashley McRoberts (Merrimack, N.H.) stopped all 11 shots on net Saturday to give the University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over visiting Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference match at the Clark Athletic Center Field.
Saturday's win sets a school-record for victories in a season for UMass Boston, as the Beacons wrap up the regular season at 7-10-2 overall and 3-3-1 in LEC play, finishing in fourth place. The Panthers fall to 5-8-4 and 1-5-1 and end up in a tie for sixth.
UMB will host Bay State rival UMass Dartmouth in a Little East Tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday, the Beacons' first-ever playoff contest, while PSU wins the tiebreaker over Rhode Island College and will travel to third-seeded Keene State for a 6:00 p.m. start.
Freshman Julienne McCuish (Mashpee, Mass.) crossed to Morales, who unleashed a shot from the top of the 18-yard maker that sailed over the keeper and into the back of the net for her eighth goal of the season for UMass Boston at 18:01 of the first half. That stood as the only goal of the contest.
McRoberts registered her second shutout of the campaign for the Beacons, while freshman goalie Angelina LaBroad (Hampton, N.H.) made five saves for Plymouth State. The Panthers owned a 17-12 shot advantage on the afternoon.
PSU will get another shot at Keene State in Tuesday's playoff game. The Panthers dropped a 4-0 decision to the Owls on Sept. 27 in Keene.
(Courtesy of UMass Boston Sports Information)
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