Scudamore's Overtime Goal Lifts Minutemen
Sept. 12, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore Jason Scudamore's (Shaker Heights, Ohio) goal in the 92nd minute ended a defensive struggle, and gave the Minuteman soccer team a 1-0 victory over Mercer in the opening round of the UMass adidas Classic on a gorgeous afternoon at Rudd Field. The win evens UMass' record at 2-2-0 on the season, while Mercer, the defending Atlantic Sun champs, fall to 1-3-0.
The UMass defense stole the show for the entire game, holding Mercer to nine shots on the day. Bears' goalie, Jonathan Riley, made six saves, including five in the second half to keep Mercer in the game. UMass freshman goalie, Nick Billman (St. Louis, Mo.), was equally as impressive in his first career start, turning aside four shots. Billman kept the game scoreless with a diving stop from in close with 1:30 to play on a rocket from Mercer star Del Olaoye. The Minutemen's best chance to win the game in regulation came early in the second half as freshman Ralph Pace (Richmond, Va.) rocketed a 12-yard shot off the crossbar that bounced straight down and the Bears' defense cleared the ball. UMass kept the pressure on, and outshot the Bears, 26-9, in regulation, but couldn't get the game-winner.
Early in the overtime, Scudamore secured a clearing attempt by the Bears, and took the ball down the center of the field. Scudamore gained speed and rifled a shot that was deflected in the box and richocheted off the top of Riley's hands into the top of the net at the 91:45 mark for a 1-0 UMass victory.
The win allows UMass to play for its sixth tournament title on Sunday. The Minutemen battle Navy at 1:30 p.m., after Hartford, who defeated the Midshipmen 1-0 in the first game, takes on Mercer at 11:00 a.m. at Rudd Field.