September 22, 2012



Providence, R.I.-After 49 minutes of scoreless action, sophomore forward Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, MA) found the back of the net for what proved to be the game-winning goal as UMass Boston knocked off Rhode Island College, 2-0, in Little East Conference women’s soccer action played at the RIC Soccer Field on Saturday afternoon.


The two squads were held scoreless throughout the first half thanks to an outstanding defensive effort from both Rhode Island College (1-5, 0-2 LEC) and UMass Boston (8-0, 1-0 LEC).


After outshooting the Anchorwomen in the first half, 10-5, the Beacons increased the offensive intensity in the opening minutes of the second half. UMass Boston finally broke the tie in the 50th minute following a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Brittany Castillo (Yarmouth, MA). Castillo lofted the ball to the far side of the box for senior midfielder Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, MA) who went back against the grain and dished the ball to Ledin for the header to give the Beacons a 1-0 lead.



 Junior defender Sam Nolte


The Anchorwomen had multiple chances to tie the game over the next 10 minutes but couldn’t capitalize as sophomore midfielder Megan Saucier (Freetown, MA) and junior defender Sam Nolte (Cranston, RI) both hit the post in the 61st and 71st minutes, respectively. 


Tensions flared in the 76th minute as RIC freshman forward Ashley Fontaine (North Smithfield, RI) and UMB senior defender Anna O’Donoghue (Swansea, MA) received red cards and were ejected for fighting, forcing the two squads to play a man down for the remainder of the contest.


The Beacons took advantage of the open space and added to their lead in the 84th minute, spearheaded by an excellent pass from sophomore defender Caitlin Coleman (Willimantic, CT). Coleman chipped it across midfield to sophomore midfielder Amanda Pugliese (Pembroke, MA), who then quickly dished to junior forward Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, MA) on the breakaway. RIC sophomore goalkeeper Audrey Maia (Norton, MA) came all the way outside the box to try and break up the attack, but Andrews controlled the pass from Pugliese, sidestepped Maia, and blasted one home to give UMass Boston a 2-0 lead.


The Beacons went on to outshoot the Anchorwomen, 26-12, in the win. Maia (1-5) made 11 saves in the losing effort, while UMB goalkeeper Kristen Spain (Quincy, MA) made three saves and improved her record to 7-0.


With her 10th goal of the season, Ledin continues to lead the Little East Conference with 25 points, while Andrews is second in the LEC with 23 points after notching her ninth goal of the year.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Framingham State on Wednesday, Sept. 26 (6 p.m.).