Men's Soccer Pushes Win Streak To Five With 2-1 Win Over Xavier
Oct. 14, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - For the first time since 2002, the UMass men's soccer team is 2-0 to start the Atlantic 10 schedule after a 2-1 win over Xavier on Sunday at Rudd Field. With the win over Dayton on Friday, the Minutemen finish the first weekend of league play in a first-place tie with Saint Louis and Rhode Island who also won their first two A-10 games this weekend. The win on Sunday also extended UMass' win streak to five games heading into key Atlantic 10 meetings next weekend with No. 18 Saint Louis and Charlotte. The last time UMass started undefeated in league play, the Minutemen finished the year as Regular-Season Atlantic 10 Champions.
Against Xavier, sophomore Bryan Hogan (Lititz, Pa.) and freshman Stuart Amick (West Lafayette, Ind.) each scored second-half goals to give the Minutemen the win. Hogan scored in the 56 minute for his team leading seventh point (3g, 1a) of the season.
A penalty kick by Ricardo Sutherland in the 77th minute tied the game after he was fouled inside the goal box. He beat UMass keeper Zack Simmons to the right for the equalizer.
Amick tallied his second game-winning goal of the season in the 82nd minute when he sent a shot from the left wing towards the back right post. Hogan was crashing towards the goal mouth and that action created confusion between an Xavier defender and keeper Adam Sokolowski as the shot was fired.
Redshirt junior Zack Simmons faced 10 Xavier shots, but was forced to make just one save in the win. Sokolowski made nine saves on 14 UMass shots, but allowed both goals.
Hogan's goal marked the 100th goal in Rudd Field history. The Minutemen opened play at the facility in 2002 and are now 32-15-5 at home. This season, UMass is a perfect 4-0 with three more home games on the schedule.
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