Kelly Marra Nets Game Winner For UMass

Marra, UMass, Sayville
UMass's Kelly Marra of West Sayville.

In a match that featured 30 total shots, 13 of which were on goal, West Sayville’s Kelly Marra had the game’s biggest, and only, goal.

Marra, a freshman for the University of Massachusetts, scored the game-winning goal in the Minutewomen’s 1-0 win over Yale at Rudd Field in Amherst, Mass.

Sunday’s match was a defensive battle in the first 45 minutes with both teams heading into halftime knotted 0-0. After the break, Marra scored in the 70th minute to put UMass up 1-0 — her second collegiate goal with both standing as game-winners.

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Her prior game-winner came on September 10 in a 1-0 win over Holy Cross. In that match, Marra scored with a header in the 44th minute offer a corner kick from Paige Kozlowski.

After Jenny Hipp fired a hard strike from the right flank that was saved by Yale’s Jane Buckley, who started the second half in net, the ball fell loose inside the six-yard box where Marra was there for the rebound goal.

A graduate of Sayville High School, Marra in her senior season led Sayville in scoring with 12 goals and 8 assists. She was an all-conference, all-county and all-league selection in her junior and senior seasons and helped lead Sayville to league titles in 2013 and 2014 and a Suffolk County title in 2013.