GORHAM, Maine – Junior Jaclyn O'Grady (Somers, Conn.) and freshman Kayleigh LaFreniere (Hanover, Mass.) each scored a goal in the second half to lead the UMass Boston Beacons to a 2-0 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference women's soccer game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
With the win, UMass Boston improves to 2-1-1 in the conference, and 3-8-1 overall. Southern Maine remains in search of its first LEC win of the season at 0-4, and 2-9 overall.
Despite holding a 7-1 lead in shots through the first half, the Beacons found themselves locked in a scoreless draw after the first 45 minutes thanks in large part to the outstanding goalkeeping of USM junior Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) Canastra made five saves in the opening stanza to keep the Huskies in the game.
UMB was finally able to get on the board in the 68th minute when O'Grady timed her run to connect with a through ball from senior Kerri Alexander (Carver, Mass.) for the lead. O'Grady was able to push the ball to the right side of Canastra who aggressively came off of her line to attempt and disrupt the scoring bid.
The Beacons sealed the win in the 81st minute when LaFreniere roofed a shot to the top of the next for her first goal of the season. LaFreniere collected a rebound off of Alexander's initial shot, which hit the near-side post before landing at LaFreniere's feet.
UMB had a 19-4 advantage in shots and a 6-2 lead in corner kicks. Canastra turned in a strong performance in the loss making 10 saves. Junior Alyssa Fugiel (Easthampton, Mass.) earned the shutout making a second-half save.
Southern Maine returns to action on Thursday (3:30 p.m.) hosting non-conference opponent University of New England. UMass Boston travles to Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.) for a non-conference game.