Smith College Scores Late To Down Women's Soccer In Season Opener

Smith College Scores Late To Down Women's Soccer In Season Opener

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Smith College scored twice in the final 4:03, to hand UMass Boston women's soccer a 2-0 defeat in both teams season opener Friday night. 

THE BASICS

Smith College 2, UMass Boston 0

(UMass Boston 0-1) 
(Smith College 1-0) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Despite dominating the hosts for the opening 45 minutes and keeping them off the scoreboard for the first 85+ minutes, UMass Boston women's soccer suffered their fourth-straight, season-opening loss on Friday. 

Freshman Maria Spylios (Leominster, Mass.) earned the start in net and made four saves on six shots over 90 minutes. 

Fellow freshman Kelly McNeil (Marshfield, Mass.) added a team-high four shots, while sophomore Cal Pitts (Marshfield, Mass.) and freshman Isa Andrade (Cambridge, Mass.) led the team with two shots on goal apiece. 

Junior backs Jessica Matsuoka (85:57) and Peyton McBride (89:23) each scored for the host Pioneers. Matsuoka's tally marked her second collegiate goal and first career game-winner, while McBride's goal marked her seventh career tally. 

In net, Noemi Howland played the final 45 minutes and made one save to earn the victory. Naomi Falkenberg earned the start and made five saves on five shots over the opening half. 

UMass Boston controlled the first 45 minutes and created most of their best chances in the opening stanza. The Beacons outshot the hosts 12-6 and 5-1 in shots on goal. 

Redshirt sophomore Alex Hee (Jackson, Wyo.) had one of the Beacons best looks of the game. After Kaylee Haynes (Bridgewater, Mass.) won the ball back in the attacking third and sent it a pass to the top of the box, Hee evaded one defender and roped a right-footed shot from the top of the box-but it was right at the keeper. 

Smith grew into the game in the second half and earned advantages in shots (7-5) and shots on goal (5-1). 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Seventeen Beacons appeared in Friday's season opener, as the Beacons prepared to play two matches in less than 24 hours. Six players made their Beacons debut in the contest, while five players were appearing in their first collegiate match. 
  • UMass Boston earned a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks. 
  • Friday's contest marked the first-ever meeting between the two programs. 
  • The Beacons have lost four consecutive season openers and dropped their past two opening games by identical 2-0 scorelines. Last season, UMass Boston held Johnson & Wales scoreless for the opening 86:26, before giving up two goals in a span of 1:17. 
  • Hee made her collegiate debut on Friday, after missing each of the previous two season due to injury. 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will have a quick turnaround, when they host Wentworth Institute of Technology on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Beacons defeated the Leopards 3-1 last fall at Wentworth's Sweeney Field.