CASTLETON, Vt. -- Battling well into overtime, the Castleton University women's soccer team dropped a 1-0 extra-time contest to UMass Boston on Thursday afternoon at Dave Wolk Stadium.
Castleton slips to 3-6-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the Little East, while UMass Boston improves to 6-3-0 and 2-0-0.
Defense took the starring role in the league contest as both sides went back-and-forth throughout taking shots and making stops. Late in the first overtime period, UMass Boston struck off of a corner kick for the decisive score. Allie Crawford sent the ball in front of the goal where it was immediately sent right back where it came from by a Spartan. Regaining possession, Crawford fed Mary Jo Murphy who took a chip shot from about 14 yards out that sailed over the keeper's head and into the upper right 90.
Early on, the Spartans and Beacons went shot for shot with the latter staking a 7-4 advantage at the half. In the second half and overtime, UMass Boston started to find its offense, while Castleton tightened up its defensive line. Cassidy Newman, Kinnan Latremore, Stephanie Burkhammer and Kaitie Sanders were among the many Spartans keeping the opposing attack in check throughout. The visiting squad tallied 14 shots in the second half and two more in extra time. Meanwhile, Castleton was able to fire off five more shots in the later 45 to total nine in the contest.
Castleton goalie Loren Henderson (3-6-0) and her counterpart Abby McCulloch (6-3-0) were beyond stellar between the posts. Henderson made 11 saves, while playing all 97-plus minutes. McCulloch stopped three opposing shots in the same amount of time.
The Spartans return to action for their second contest in a three-day span as they travel to Beverly, Mass. to face Endicott College in a nonconference match at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Beacons head back home as they host LEC opponent UMass-Dartmouth at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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