Murphy makes six saves in first collegiate start
BANGOR, Maine (September 8, 2018) – The Western New England University women's soccer team dropped its opening game at Husson University's Courtyard by Marriott Classic to UMass Boston, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon at Boucher Field.
Making her first collegiate start in net for the Golden Bears, freshman Shannon Murphy (Halifax, Mass.) recorded six saves.
For UMass Boston, freshman midfielder Jahlyla Ocampo (Braintree, Mass.) put her stamp on the game offensively with a goal and an assist.
The contest remained scoreless for the majority of the opening period, but Ocampo got the Beacons on the board less than two minutes before halftime with the help of an assist from freshman Grace Oliver (Rockland, Mass.).
UMass Boston doubled its advantage just over two minutes into the second half, as Ocampo set up sophomore Shannon Rosemond (Weymouth, Mass.) to make it 2-0.
The Golden Bears looked to break through late in the contest when they were awarded a penalty kick following a foul in the box, but junior midfielder Jordan Gilmore's (Waterbury, Conn.) attempt was saved by Beacons' freshman goalkeeper Abby McCulloch (Weymouth, Mass.). McCulloch was perfect in net, saving all five shots that she faced.
• Western New England was outshot 14-9, and the Beacons held a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
• Sophomore Mariana Goncalves (Ludlow, Mass.) accounted for two of the Golden Bears' five shots on target.
Western New England (1-2) will face host Husson tomorrow at 1 p.m., while UMass Boston (1-2) takes on Elms at 11 a.m.