Panthers face Beacons in rematch Tuesday in Little East Tourney
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Seniors Sam Bendick (New Egypt, N.J.) and Natasha Stibor (San Francisco, Calif.) each scored in the first half Saturday afternoon as the University of Massachusetts Boston defeated Plymouth State University, 2-0, in the Little East Conference women's soccer regular season finale for both schools at Arold Field.
The win helped UMass Boston (5-11-3 overall, 3-3-1 LEC) wrap up the third seed in the upcoming Little East Tournament, while PSU (7-8-1, 2-4-1 LEC) earns the sixth seed. The two schools will meet in a rematch Tuesday's in a quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. at James Cotter Field.
Bendick and Stibor scored within 40 minutes of each other and freshman goalie Alyssa Fugiel (Easthampton, Mass.) made four saves for the Beacons.
Bendick opened the scoring just 4:31 into the contest, when she scored her first goal of the season. The senior center back's goal marked her first goal since her freshman season and just the third of her collegiate career in 81 games.
Stibor gave UMass Boston some insurance in the 43rd minute, when she took a pass from Julia Masionis (Milford, Mass.) and dribbled towards the left post, before sneaking a shot past goalie Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) for a 2-0 advantage.
Fugiel and the Beacons back four took over from there, as the freshman goalie was forced to make just two saves in the second stanza. Senior Jessi Charette (Bedford, Mass.) came on for the final 1:46 for her second appearance of the season and the fifth of her career.
Schmidt made eight saves on 10 shots in the first 64 minutes, before being replaced by freshman Leandra Nault (Goffstown, N.H.) for the final 26 minutes.
(Courtesy of UMass Boston Sports Information)
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