Men's Soccer Unbeaten Streak Stopped By Xavier
Oct. 10, 2003
CINCINNATI, Ohio. - The 13th-ranked University of Massachusetts' men's soccer team saw its seven-game unbeaten streak come to a halt in a 3-1 loss at Xavier on Friday afternoon. The loss drops the Minutemen's record to 7-3-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, while Xavier improves to 2-9-1 and 1-2-0.
The Musketeers wasted no time getting on the board against the Minutemen, setting the tone early. Brandon Lalley knocked home a feed from Toni Skudrzik over keeper Colin Burns' (Newark, Del.) head just 1:27 into the contest for a quick 1-0 lead. Just 15 minutes later, Skudrzik was at it again, this time scoring on a pretty goal at the 16:02 mark and Xavier led 2-0. Skudrzik wasn't done as he scored on a 10-yard shot from the middle of the box from a Lalley feed at the 40:43 mark for a 3-0 intermission lead.
UMass tried to crawl back in the game and cut into the Xavier lead as freshman Rob Charest (Monson, Mass.) scored off a Todd Skelton (Manassas, Va.) rebound at the 60:50 mark for his first career goal. But that was as close as the Minutemen would get and Xavier stunned the No. 13 Minutemen, 3-1, dealing them their first Atlantic 10 loss.
The Minutemen were dominated in nearly every aspect of the game, being outshot, 17-12, including 12-5 in the first 45 minutes and drawing only three corner kicks to Xavier's five. Burns tied a career high with seven saves in the loss.
No. 13-ranked UMass will be back in action on Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game at No. 18-ranked Dayton in a battle of two of the nation's top teams.