Nick Casale of the Daily Collegian has a recap of Senior Day for men's soccer as the Minutemen posted their highest scoring game of the year - 3-0 win over St. Bonaventure at Rudd Field.
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Adam Aucoin has a preview of Saturday's men's soccer finale against St. Bonaventure which kicks off at 1 p.m. at Rudd Field. It will also be Senior Day as the program honors two outstanding players from the past four years in Matt Keys and Josh Schwartz.
Nick Casale of the Daily Collegian has a nice tribute article on senior men's soccer players Matt Keys and Josh Schwartz. the duo will play their final game at UMass this Saturday at 1pm against St. Bonaventure at Rudd Field.
Jason Kates of the Daily Collegian has a recap of Friday's thrilling and emotional 2-1 overtime victory over Fairfield in the home opener at Rudd Field.
That was the word interim Massachusetts men's soccer coach Devin O'Neill used to describe his team's first win of the season, a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Fairfield Friday afternoon in the Minutemen's home opener at Rudd Field.
UMass played with heavy hearts Friday. It was the Minutemen's first home game without longtime coach Sam Koch, who died in July after a two-year battle with cancer, in 23 years. And senior Josh Schwartz delivered the knockout blow for the Minutemen, finding the back of the net after being flicked on by junior Luke Pavone. Pavone assisted on both of the Minutemen's goals.
"It could've been anybody and I would've been happy," Schwartz said said after scoring his second goal of the year. "We've been working really hard for a couple of weeks now and it's good to finally get a win." O'Neill said his team played well despite a slow start.
"I thought it was a really good performance for most of the game," he said. "I thought we were a little bit tentative at the beginning, but we kind of grew into it after the first 15-20 minutes. "I'm really happy for the guys. It's been five games without a win and they've worked really hard. You want them to get rewarded so they get reinforced for the positive things, but they've been wonderful in terms of their day-to-day approach and how they've practiced."
It seemed like UMass (1-5) would remain winless after falling behind 1-0 in the 78th minute courtesy of a beautiful free kick by Stags (2-2-1) senior Jake Zuniga. But the Minutemen battled back and were rewarded when senior Matt Keys was moved up top and headed in the tying goal at the 86:38 mark.
Ross Gienieczko of the Daily Collegian has a touching article about the legacy of former men's soccer coach Sam Koch, along with the role the veteran players on the team will play in helping pass that legacy on to the younger players.
The men's soccer team broke out of it's funk in a big way, posting a 5-2 win over Siena on Saturday for the team's first win of the season. Junior F Josh Schwartz had a career day with two goals and two assists, while netting the game-winning strike in the process. Sophomore MF Mark Morris was also big with a pair of goals, including a crowd-pleasing bicycle kick in the second half.
Anthony Chiusano and Patrick Strohecker of the Daily Collegian have a pair of recaps on sidebars on the victory.
Here are some highlights and commentary taken by Jesse Mayfield Sheehan of the Daily Collegian.
Dan Malone from the Daily Collegian has a story on the emergence and importance of sophomore Matt Keys and Josh Schwartz.
While it may not be obvious to the majority of fans, it should really come as no surprise that Matt Keys and Josh Schwartz have played with such successful coherence for the Massachusetts men's soccer team this season.
To the outside observer, there might not be a more mismatched pair of players on the team. Keys, at 6-foot-4 inches tall, is a physically-imposing presence, while the 5-foot-6-inch Schwartz, is anything but. UMass assistant coach Devin O'Neill knows there's more to this talented sophomore duo than meets the eye, however.
The Daily Collegian has a couple of season previews on the men's soccer team, along with a feature story on sophomore forward Josh Schwartz.