UMass women's soccer senior Grace Coombs has rejoined Charlton Athletic Women, the team she played with prior to her three collegiate seasons with the Minutewomen. The club's website announced the signing:
"The Charlton women's team are delighted to confirm the re-signing of midfielder Grace Coombs, who returns from a spell at the University of Massachusetts.
Grace re-joined the club before the Christmas break and will be available for the second half of the season, starting on 5 January away to West Ham United.
And the versatile 23-year-old, who can also play at centre back, is looking forward to getting back out on the field and playing with old friends.
On her return to Sparrow's Lane, she said: "It was always going to happen, really. I wasn't ever looking anywhere else. My best friends play for this team, so it just made sense [to come back].
"It will be different at first but I am sure I will adjust. I still know the majority of the team so hopefully I know how they play so I can fit in quickly.
Congratulations to the women's soccer team on advancing in the Atlantic 10 tournament, 5-3, on penalty kicks after playing to a scoreless draw over Saint Louis yesterday in Richmond Va. The Minutewomen will face No. 2-seed La Salle tonight in the first semifinal match at 5 p.m.
Dan Malone had coverage of Thursday's match for the Springfield Republican:
The UMass women's soccer team plays its final home match of the season this Saturday, Nov. 2, when the squad will host St. Bonaventure at 2 p.m. on Rudd Field. Prior to the match, seniors Grace Coombs, Brittany Moore and Lauren Skesavage will be honored with a Senior Day ceremony.
Tom Mulherin of the Daily Collegian has a feature on Brittany Moore who has emerged as one of the Minutewomen's top scoring threats recently. The converted defender has one of the team's best shots according to head coach Ed Matz.
With its victory over Bryant yesterday at Rudd Field, the UMass women's soccer team won its second straight and improved to 4-2-1 in its last seven games.
Joey Saade had a recap of the match in today's Daily Collegian:
Before Sarah Pandolfi checked into the scoreless game late in the second half, Massachusetts women's soccer coach Ed Matz instructed his freshman forward where to position herself in order to score.
In the 83rd minute, she listened to him.
Heading to the far post, Pandolfi hauled in a cross-field pass from the left sideline by teammate Jackie Bruno and headed the ball home to break the scoreless struggle and give the Minutewomen a 1-0 victory over Bryant University at home on Thursday.
"Before Sarah went in, I said, 'you just need to get to the far post' because I thought we were generating a lot of crosses," Matz said. "I challenged her to do that, and she got on the end and scored."
Tom Mulherin has a recap of women's soccer's overtime win against Northeastern in today's Daily Collegian. The Minutewomen went 1-1-0 last week and will play their final non-conference match this Thursday at home vs. Bryant before opening up A-10 action at Saint Joseph's on Sunday.
The Massachusetts women's soccer team may be making a habit of overtime wins.
The Minutewomen picked up their third win in extra time in their last two contests with a 2-1 comeback victory over Northeastern at Rudd Field on Sunday.
The 1-1 match was broken just five minutes into overtime as forward Megan Burke took an overhead pass from Madison Smith and found the back of the net on a chip shot over the goalkeeper.
"Personally, I was just trying to get my body in front of [the ball]," Burke said on the play. "I was hoping to just get a touch, or anything. I got the touch and I guess the shot was perfect."
On the heels of women's soccer's 1-0-1 weekend and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Danielle Kriscenski's Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honor, Joey Saade had this sidebar in today's Daily Collegian:
While the Massachusetts women's soccer team entered this season with speculation surrounding a young roster, it still had one assurance in its back pocket: defense.
After giving up four goals in their season-opening loss against Siena, the Minutewomen have tightened up on the defensive side of the ball, allowing only four goals in their following four games.
While the offense is undergoing a transition period without its leading scorer from last year, Moa Mattsson, head coach Ed Matz believes that his defense will continue to shoulder the load.
"Ever since our first game of the year, our defense has played pretty solidly," Matz said after his team's win against New Hampshire.
In three of its last four games, UMass has allowed only one goal at most. The other result was a 2-0 loss to Army. The Minutewomen almost came away with back-to-back road game shutouts this past weekend, but they were unable to hold onto their 1-0 lead against Providence with less than eight minutes remaining in regulation.
One of the reasons for the defense's success has been the familiarity between the four returning starters, led by senior Lauren Skesavage, who said before the season began that she expected a lot out of her unit.
Another reason that cannot be overlooked is the productive play from redshirt freshman goalkeeper Danielle Kriscenski.
Kriscenski was just named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week this past Monday after putting up an impressive 1-0-1 record over the weekend. The freshman posted her first shutout victory over UNH on Sunday, while swatting away a career-high eight shots against the Friars on Friday.
"I was always talking to my defense," Kriscenski said. "I came off strong with my line and if something did happen, I just brushed it off my shoulder and kept going."
Joey Saade had a recap of women's soccer's 1-1 draw at Providence and 1-0 win at UNH from this past weekend:
The Massachusetts women's soccer team used a dominant defensive performance to grind out its first victory of the season on Sunday, taking down New Hampshire 1-0 in Durham, N.H.
Senior Brittany Moore scored the game's lone goal in the eighth minute - her first of the season - which was more than enough for redshirt freshman goalkeeper Danielle Kriscenski, who made five saves for her first-career shutout.
The UMass defense allowed just 14 shots and four corner kicks, further emphasizing coach Ed Matz's belief that the defense has been the team's strong point so far this season.
"We have a lot of confidence in our defense," he said. "Ever since the first game of the year, our defense has played pretty solidly. Kriscenski gained some confidence back there, getting her first win."
Mark Chiarelli had this piece in today's Daily Hampshire Gazette focusing on the team's youth and leadership:
University of Massachusetts women's soccer coach Ed Matz is cautiously optimistic.
Twenty of Matz's 27 players are either freshman or sophomores, a daunting figure for a team that hopes to be in the Atlantic 10 postseason picture.
"The learning curve of the team is huge," Matz said. "We're tremendously athletic, very fast, we have some skilled players. Sometimes those qualities in a young player are as positive as they can be negative because sometimes they're trying too hard."
Early on, the results lacked, as UMass lost three straight games to start the season.
"This team is very talented, very deep, but we're very young," he said. "We need to keep practicing and gelling together and creating opportunities for ourselves ... It's hard for young players to realize the importance of practicing hard every day and the importance of every game and every minute of the game."
Tom Mulherin of the Daily Collegian has a story on the UMass women's soccer team and the leadership that the group has.
"We came in a day and a half early, and had an outside group came in called 'The Program,'" Matz explained. "They put our team in leadership training, and it couldn't have been a better time for our program. It was great, and I think that it not only helped the six juniors and seniors become better leaders, but it also helped everyone become better teammates."
Over the weekend, Huffington Post featured former UMass women's soccer goalkeeper Lauren Luckey. Luckey, who played for the Minutewomen from 2006-2009, has gone on to a career in the military and is doing her best to help improve the lives of women in rural Afghanistan.
When 24-year-old Lt. Lauren Luckey was stationed in a rural village with her unit, the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry regiment of the U.S. Army, her Lieutenant Colonel gave her free rein to design and lead a project focused exclusively on community building and social engagement among the Afghan women. With women being the heart of a household in Afghanistan, rearing the children of the country's future, Luckey hoped to impart the influence that comes with being a woman in a position of power, a foreign concept to some.
"I wanted them to see a strong woman -- [that] there is something else out there," Luckey tells Huffington. "If you never see it you never know what's out there. They've never seen a female officer before me."
Luckey chats candidly about her experiences and goals in a way that makes it simple to understand her success in leading a Female Engagement Team in Northern Kunar in Afghanistan, bringing the women of the village into her confidence.
Congratulations to the women's soccer team on its pair of shutout victories over the weekend, which included a 1-0 defeat of perennial New England power Boston University on the road Friday night, followed by a 2-0 victory over New Hampshire yesterday on Rudd. The Minutewomen will be looking to push the streak to three when the squad plays at Brown on Thursday in a match that has been moved to 4 p.m. from 7 p.m.
Congratulations to the UMass women's soccer team on its first postseason victory since 1997 as the Minutewomen defeated St. Bonaventure in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Thursday evening in Dayton, Ohio.
Also check out the highlights from Sunday's match, which marked the debut of women's soccer on CBS 3 Now this season. Both matches this coming weekend, vs. Duquesne and St. Bonaventure, will also air on CBS 3 Now.
Congratulations to the women's soccer team on its 2-0 win over Fordham yesterday that extended the squad's unbeaten streak to eight straight games and put the Minutewomen just two points out of first in the Atlantic 10 standings.
Check out the postgame interviews following that match:
The Massachusetts women's soccer team, riding a five-game winning streak, will take its first long distance road trip of the season and travel to Charlotte, N.C. and St. Louis, Mo. this weekend for a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference games.
The first of these games at Charlotte (3-6-3, 0-1 A-10) will be held under the lights Friday at 7 p.m. Charlotte is most recently coming off of a 2-1 loss to St. Louis in their own conference opener.
The 49ers are led by preseason All-Conference selection Macky Wingo, who leads the team with 11 points this season (four goals, three assists).
Much like the Minutewomen (7-2-2, 1-0 A-10), the 49ers have had some trouble putting up big offensive numbers, only managing to score 13 total goals in their first 12 games. Comparatively, UMass has 12 goals in its first 11 games.
What separates these two teams is on the defensive side of the ball. While the Minutewomen might not score often, they have been able to count on a solid defensive effort game in and game out, allowing just eight goals in 11 games.
Congratulations to the women's soccer team on its fifth straight shutout victory as the squad defeated Rhode Island, 2-0 in its Atlantic 10 opener this past Saturday. Check out the coverage of the win.
Congratulations to the women's soccer team on its fourth straight 1-0 shutout victory, defeating Dartmouth on the road last night. Senior Julie Morrissey scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season just 20 seconds into the match.
Here are some postgame interviews with head coach Ed Matz and senior co-captain Meghan Collins:
Also, the NCAA released the first RPI report of the 2011 season this morning, which has the Minutewomen in the No. 61 spot out of 322 Division I teams. UMass is currently ranked No. 8 in the Mid-Atlantic Region by the NSCAA in the latest poll that was released yesterday.
UMass women's soccer's win nationally-ranked Boston University was covered in the Springfield Republican and the Daily Collegian. Also, check out the highlights and interviews from the Minutewomen's first victory over a nationally-ranked team since 2006.
"The University of Massachusetts women's soccer team opens its season Tuesday at the University of New Hampshire, and knowing the opposition isn't the problem.
It's getting to know each other.
The Minutewomen, under second-year head coach Ed Matz, have 16 newcomers along with 10 returnees as they try to build upon the progress of last year's 8-11, 5-4 Atlantic 10 campaign, which marked their highest win total since 2007.
And has Matz ever been recruiting. He's taking talent from near (eight of the 10 freshmen are from Massachusetts) and far (freshman Moa Mattson is from Sweden, while sophomore Grace Coombs hails from Kent, United Kingdom)."
Happy belated birthday to Bryson Craft of men's lacrosse, Tanner Guarino of women's lacrosse, and Shiyi Zan of women's cross country/track who all celebrated their birthday on July 21. Happy belated birthday to Jesse O'Donnell of women's lacrosse and Jenna Goodwinn of women's soccer, the two celebrated their birthday on July 22. Finally, happy belated birthday to Matthew Palasek of men's lacrosse and Jennifer Harkey of women's cross country/track who celebrated their birthday July 25.
Three of Ed Matz' incoming freshman recently helped FC Stars of Massachusetts capture the Region I championship and will now advance to the National Finals in Arizona the week of July 25. Kristen Gargiulo, Becky Landers and Tori Sousa were all important components in the team advancing from its group with a 2-0-1 record and winning the championship over the Bethesda Dragons. Gargiulo, a graduate of Acton-Boxborough Regional, was a key defender while Landers, a graduate of Danvers High School played a pivotal role in the midfield. Sousa, a graduate of Nashua North High School in New Hampshire, provided creativity on the offensive side of the ball.
The three players will join the rest of Minutewomen squad on August 5 when preseason training officially kicks off for the 2011 campaign. UMass will open its season on August 23 at the University of New Hampshire at 4:00 pm.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette recently caught up with former UMass women's soccer standout Rebecca Myers.
As a Minutewoman, she was a member of four Atlantic 10 Conference championship teams as well as three NCAA Sweet 16 squads and one Final Four team (1993). She garnered numerous accolades over her career including Soccer America All-America honors three times. Myers was selected Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year in 1993, and earned All-Conference honors four straight years.
"Former Dedham High stars Katie Kelly and Sydney Stoll each left Whiting Avenue as the all-time leading scorers in their signature sports. But beyond their knack for producing goals, it was a relentless drive that made them stand apart in Marauder uniforms on the field hockey and soccer pitches."
For the 11th time in team history, the Massachusetts women's soccer team
has made the Atlantic 10 tournament, as it squares off with St.
Bonaventure this Thursday. UMass finished the season 8-10 and 5-4 in A-10 play en route to a No. 5 seed in its second-consecutive tournament berth.
Click here to read more of the Daily Collegian's preview of tonight's A-10 tournament match between the Minutewomen and the Bonnies. Also, check out this sidebar by David Martin.
The Massachusetts women's soccer team will return to action on the
road as it travels to play against Atlantic 10 conference opponent
Rhode Island on Sunday.
Both UMass (5-8-0, 2-2-0 in A-10) and URI (1-11-1, 1-3-0 in A-10)
are coming off losses via the shutout. The Rams closed out their
non-conference schedule on Wednesday afternoon with a 3-0 loss to Brown.
Read the rest of Michael Counos' preview in the Daiy Collegian here.
David Martin also has this column about the Minutewomen's play on the road.
The Massachusetts women's soccer team will look to build off its 1-0 victory against Saint Louis this weekend when it faces Xavier and Dayton. However, UMass will have to contain the Flyers' best scorer, Colleen Williams, if it hopes to come back from Ohio with two wins. Read in the preview in the Daily Collegian.
The Massachusetts women's soccer team that struggled to finish games earlier this fall is now a major factor in its latest success. Part of UMass' resurgent has to do with freshman Emersyn Pullan replacing the injured Emily Cota in goal. Read the sidebar on the defense in the Daily Collegian.
The UMass women's soccer team ended its five-game losing streak with a strong 1-0 win over Saint Louis on Sunday, the squad's first in the all-time series with the Billikens. David Martin has a recap of the match, along with Friday's 2-1 loss to Charlotte in today's Daily Collgian.
The UMass women's soccer team suffered a tough loss on
Thursday at Brown in Providence, R.I., 3-2 . Despite
Therese Smith's two-goal performance, UMass was shutout in the second
half and a late goal sealed the deal for Brown. Read Michael Counos' recap from today's Daily Collegian.
David Martin also has this nice sidebar, profiling freshman defender, England native, Annie Ward.
Women's soccer picked up two wins over the weekend to move to 3-2-0 on the season with a 2-1 overtime thriller on Friday against New Hampshire and its second four-goal output of the year, shutting out Fairfield on Sunday. The Daily Collegian has a recap of both matches, while Michael Counos has a column on UMass' increased offensive production.
UMass alum Briana Scurry announced yesterday that she will retire from soccer. Longtime U.S. national team
goalkeeper Scurry, 39, spent this season on the roster of the Washington
Freedom of Women's Professional Soccer, but played in only one game
because of lingering effects from a concussion.
In its first road game of the season, the Massachusetts women's soccer
team went scoreless as it suffered a 1-0 loss to Albany. UMass,
however, dominated all over the field with 17 shots compared to the
Great Danes' nine. The lack of a goal scorer was what ultimately hurt
the Minutewomen as goalkeeper Emily Cota and the defense played well.
Both the Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Springfield Republican have women's soccer season previews today. The Minutewomen will open up the 2010 season tomorrow, Aug. 27, against Washington at 4 p.m. on Rudd Field. It will mark the debut of new head coach Ed Matz.
The New England Mutiny's WPSL Season
came to end with a 3-4-3 record on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to Boston.
Several Minutewomen played for the Mutiny this season with Therese
Smith heading the group with two goals for four points. Sydney
Stoll played in two games while alum Vanessa Patry played in six