Behan scores lone goal for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) and junior Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.), the Little East Conference's top two scorers, tallied two goals apiece Saturday afternoon as the University of Massachusetts Boston defeated Plymouth State University, 5-1, in LEC women's soccer action at Panther Field.
Andrews also collected two assists to play a part in four of the five UMB goals, as the Beacons improved to 13-4 overall and 5-1 in the LEC. Ledin now leads the conference with 26 goals while Andrews is second with 15. The two helped the Beacons, ranked 10th in New England, to their sixth-straight victory and 11th in their last 12 outings.
Senior Julie Behan (Laconia, N.H.) scored for PSU late in the first half to make it a 1-1 game at the break, but that was the extent of the Panther offense. The Panthers, who are 4-4 in the month of October, fell to 5-11 overall and 1-5 in the Little East.
The Beacons got on to the scoreboard in the 10th minute of the game. Sophomore Kara Peters (Feeding Hills, Mass.) sent a cross to junior Ericka Garufi (Milton, Mass.) in the offensive box, and Garufi chipped the ball up and over the keeper for a 1-0 lead.
UMB out-shot the home team 11-3 in the first half, but could not find the back of the net again as PSU freshman keeper Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) made seven saves in the first 45 minutes. The Panthers pulled even on the scoreboard with just under four minutes remaining in the half, with Behan shooting the ball into the bottom right corner of the net after being set up by junior Kate Nixon (Wakefield, Mass.)
The Beacons tallied two goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half to take control of the game. Ledin took a beautiful lead pass from Andrews five minutes into and scored into the lower left corner, and Andrews followed with a shot from the left side five minutes later that snuck past the PSU goalie inside the left post, making it a 3-1 game.
Ledin and Andrews each scored again in the final seven minutes of the game. Ledin potted her 26th of the season off a feed from Andrews in the 84th minute, and Andrews followed just a minute and 15 seconds later with her 15th of the season on a nifty play where she dribbled through the Panther defense.
Sophomore Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) finished with four saves to earn the win in the UMB goal. Schmidt finished with 13 saves for the Panthers, her sixth double-digit save performance of the season.
PSU is right back in action Sunday with a non-conference game at Johnson State College, while UMD plays a non-league game Tuesday at Bridgewater State.
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