Toman, Sweeney score first career goals in LEC loss
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The University of Massachusetts Boston built a 3-0 lead, then held of Plymouth State University's late push to hold on for a 5-2 win in Little East Conference (LEC) women's soccer action at Arold Field on Saturday.
With the loss PSU falls to 2-4 (0-2 LEC), while UMass Boston improves to 1-6 (1-1 LEC).
Trailing 3-0 midway through the second half, junior Sabrina Sweeney (Raymond, N.H.) scored her first career goal. Sweeney collected a long throw-in down the right sideline and buried it in the far side corner to put the Panthers on the board.
Less than ten minutes later sophomore Megan Toman (Killingworth, Conn.) took a pass from classmate Keegan Burch (Nashua, N.H.) and also struck from the right side to the far corner to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Junior Kate Leavitt (Plymouth, Mass.) notched her second goal of the day to halt the comeback attempt and help seal the UMB win. Freshman Madison Grabowski (Easthampton, Mass.) closed the scoring in the 87th minute to account for the final score.
UMB built a two goal lead in the first half. In the ninth minute a header from Grabowski found the back of the net on a cross set up by junior Jaclyn O'Grady (Somers, Conn.) to give the visitors the early lead. The Beacons struck again in the 37th minute when senior Kerri Alexander (Carver, Mass.) controlled the ball at the top, then blasted a shot past PSU goalkeeper Jenna Parsons (Windham, N.H.).
After the break UMB tacked on a third goal when Leavitt drilled a shot from 30-yards out to make it 3-0.
Plymouth State outshot the Beacons, 18-14, and held a slim 4-3 edge in corner kicks, but the Beacons held an 11-8 advantage in shots on goal.
Parson registered six stops in the loss, with UMass Boston goalie Gigi Braga (Medford, Mass.) turning aside six PSU shots.
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