Oliver's Late Goal Lifts Women's Soccer Past Salem State

Oliver's Late Goal Lifts Women's Soccer Past Salem State

NEWPORT, R.I.—Sophomore Grace Oliver (Plymouth, Mass.) broke a scoreless deadlock in the 80th minute and Maria Spylios (Leominster, Mass.) made three saves, to lead UMass Boston women's soccer past Salem State University 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.  

THE BASICS 

UMass Boston 1, Salem State University 0

(UMass Boston 4-2) 

(Salem State University 1-4)  

HOW IT HAPPENED

Despite dominating the possesion throughout the 90 minutes, UMass Boston had to wait until 79:26 to finally take the lead. 

Spylios took care of the rest, as the freshman made three saves to record her third collegiate shutout. 

Salem State's Rebecca Sabino made seven saves on eight shots to fall to 1-3 on the year. 

The Beacons controlled play in the first half, as they outshot the hosts 6-2. They picked up their play in the second half and dominated the Vikings 9-1 in shots, including a 3-1 edge in shots on goal. 

UMass Boston finally took the lead off a set-piece. Kelly McNeil (Marshfield, Mass.) drove the ball into the box and Cal Pitts (Marshfield, Mass.) kept the ball from going out of play by heading it back towards the top of the six. With a ton of bodies around her, Oliver floated a half-volley over the keeper's hands and in for a 1-0 advantage at 79:26. 

From there, UMass Boston held the Vikings without a shot the rest of the way to close out the victory.  

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston outshot the Vikings 15-3 and earned an 8-3 edge in shots on goal. 
  • The Beacons also held a 4-3 lead in corner kicks. 
  • With the win, UMass Boston improved to 2-2-2 all-time against the Vikings. The Beacons have won the past two meetings by a combined 6-0 score. 
  • Oliver's goal was her first goal of the season and her first collegiate game-winning goal. 
  • Spylios and the Beacons' back four have held opponents to one goal or fewer in all four of their victories. 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will begin a three-game homestand on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. when they host Western New England University.