Panthers fall to regular season champs
BOSTON, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer team claimed its first Little East Conference championship Saturday afternoon, downing Plymouth State University 8-1 on Senior Day at the Clark Athletic Field.
The Beacons, 16-2 overall and 6-1 in the Little East, are co-regular season champions with Eastern Connecticut State University (9-6-2, 6-1) but earned the top spot in next week's LEC Tournament due to their win over the Warriors. UMB will host the winner of UMass Dartmouth and Keene State in an LEC semifinal on Thursday afternoon.
UMass Boston set a program-record for conference seasons with six and set a new program mark for goals in a season with 65.
Forwards Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) and Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) ensured that their three senior captains would go out with a win, as each player finished with a hat trick and an assist. Andrews became the third player in program history to reach the 100 point mark early in the second half, when she finished off her hat trick at the 54:06 mark.
The first 10 minutes of the game proved to be highly contested, with the Panthers going blow for blow with the top-seeded Beacons. UMass Boston jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 6:40 mark, when O'Connell sent a cross into the box and Ledin headed it home. Plymouth State would return the favor less than three minutes later, when junior Laura Davis (Pelham, N.Y.) scored her second goal of the season on a header off a corner. It would be all Beacons after that point, as UMass Boston scored the final seven markers.
PSU junior goalkeeper Hannah Kimball (Epping, N.H.) had a strong day in net despite the scoreboard, as she made 11 saves on the day. The Beacons outshot the Panthers by a 33-12 margin and had a 9-4 edge on corner kicks.
(Courtesy of UMass Boston Sports Information)
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