UMass And Richmond Battle To Scoreless Tie
Oct. 5, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Senior Colin Burns (Newark, Del.) made six saves, including three spectacular saves in the first half, to lead UMass to a 0-0 tie in double-overtime with preseason A-10 favorite, Richmond. UMass is now 7-2-1 on the season, including 1-0-1 in the Atlantic 10, while Richmond is 3-4-3 overall, and 0-0-2 in the A-10.
Richmond came out in the first half as the aggressor and limited UMass' scoring chances and put pressure on Burns. However, the first scoring threat in the first half came from UMass about 10 minutes into the game. Ptah Myers (Coulumbus, Ohio) received a pass and streaked down the left side, but fired a shot wide that hit the outside of the net to keep the game scoreless. Richmond also had several strong scoring chances, the best coming on a clearing breakaway by Colin Vint, who rolled a shot past Burns, but just right of the goal. Burns also stoned several Richmond shots, making three saves in the first half.
Both teams played a cautious second half, as the two teams tightened up defensively, and limited the number of chances by the offenses. Burns and Spiders' goalkeeper Mike Nwaneri made one save each to send the game to overtime.
UMass had the best opportunity to end the game in overtime when freshman Rob Charast (Monson, Mass.) slipped a shot from the right side past Nwaneri to the left post, but the ball was cleared by a Richmond defender to keep the game scoreless. Nwaneri made three saves in the extra 20 minutes, while Burns made two.
The Minutemen were outshot for only the second time this season, as the Spiders had 17 shots to UMass' 14. UMass did draw 10 corners, including nine in the second half and overtime sessions, while Richmond had seven.
UMass will be in action next Friday, Oct. 10, with a 7:00 p.m. game at Xavier.