Canepa's PK Gives UMass 1-0 Win Over Saint Louis
Oct. 9, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - Brett Canepa converted a penalty kick in the 50th minute of play giving the UMass men's soccer team a 1-0 win over Saint Louis on Sunday afternoon at Rudd Field. The win moves the Minutemen to 1-1 in the Atlantic 10 after the opening weekend of conference play. Canepa's goal was his second goal of the season - both game-winners.
UMass (3-9-0, 1-1-0 A-10) will face Fordham next Friday and La Salle next Sunday.
Canepa's penalty kick was set up when Connor DeVivo played a ball inside the 18-yard box that was touched by a Saint Louis (2-7-1, 0-2-0 A-10) resulting in a handball foul. Canepa placed his shot low and to the right where he was helped by a friendly bounce off the post to get past a diving Nick Shackelford (4 saves).
In the 83rd minute, Canepa nearly doubled the score when his shot from 23-yards out rang off the left side of the cross bar.
The Billikens nearly opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Michael Robson's header just outside the six-yard box nearly found the back off the net off a corner kick. The shot was headed away from the back post to keep Saint Louis at bay.
In the 65th minute, Bryce Kingsley chased down a loose ball in transition that was played behind the UMass defense near the top of the 18-yard box. With UMass goalie Shane Curran-Hays charging off his line, Kingsley took a shot, but placed it wide left missing the equalizer.
The two teams played an even first half going into the intermission scoreless with the Billikens leading 6-to-5 in shots. Both teams finished the game with 12 shots each. Saint Louis held a 7-to-6 edge in corner kicks.
Curran-Hays finished the game with one save to earn his second shutout of the season.