UMass Men's Soccer Wins Sixth In A Row
Oct. 3, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass soccer team tallied three goals in the second half and opened Atlantic 10 Conference play with a 3-0 victory over George Washington Friday afternoon at Rudd Field. With the victory, the Minutemen won their sixth game in a row and improved to 7-2-0 overall.
The Minutemen started slow in the first half, and suffered two blows in the first 10 minutes as sophomore Oral Bullen (Brooklyn, N.Y.) rolled an ankle, as did freshman goalkeeper Nick Billman (St. Louis, Mo.). Bullen stayed in the game, but UMass' Colin Burns (Newark, Del.) came in for Billman and held the Colonials scoreless, stopping two first-half shots. The Minutemen also had a goal disallowed midway through the first half, as both teams played a defensive first half.
UMass finally broke through against GWU, a squad that was picked to finish second in the A-10. Freshman Richard Higa (Honolulu, Hawaii) got the Minutemen on the board in the 65th minute, when he took a Dan Colwell (Spencer, Mass.) throw-in, and flipped the ball in the far right corner for his first career goal and a 1-0 lead. Bullen then added to the lead just three minutes later, when Ptah Myers (Columbus, Ohio) played a ball into the box, and Bullen turned and slipped the ball to the right post in the 68th minute for a 2-0 lead. Myers closed out the scoring in the 88th minute on a penalty kick and the Minutemen posted their second shutout in a row and fourth of the season.
UMass outshot the Colonials, 14-11, and committed 14 fouls to GWU's 19. Burns stopped five shots in goal for the Minutemen to post his first career shutout.
The Minutemen take on preseason league favorite, Richmond, Sunday, Oct. 5, at Rudd Field at 1:00 p.m.