Men's Soccer Battles St. Bonaventure To 0-0 Draw
Oct. 23, 2011
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - The UMass men's soccer team pitched its fourth shutout in the last five games with a 0-0 double overtime draw at St. Bonaventure on Sunday afternoon at McGraw-Jennings Field. Keeper Shane Curran-Hays stopped six shots to pick up his fifth shutout of the season for the Minutemen. UMass had three scoring chances in the final minute of the second overtime period, but could not find the game-winner.
With the tie, the Minutemen are now 4-10-2 overall and 2-2-2 in the Atlantic 10, while St. Bona is 4-8-3 overall and 0-3-2 in league play. UMass will close out the regular-season with a three-game home stand over the next two weeks. This Friday, Oct. 28, UMass will host George Washington at Rudd Field followed by Richmond on Sunday, Oct. 30. The Minutemen will face New England rival Rhode Island the following Saturday, Nov. 5, in the home finale which will also be Senior Day.
The tie also puts UMass in 10th in the Atlantic 10 standings - just two points out of sixth place in the ever close race for the league tournament. The top six teams qualify for the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Sunday's match was close statistically as the Minutemen held a 23-to-21 shot advantage on the Bonnies and a 6-to-4 edge in corner kicks.
St. Bona keeper Mitchell Mack made four saves in the game for his fourth shutout of the season.
UMass started the game with early offense posting 10 shots in the first half.
As the second half closed, each team had a shot in the final two minutes of play, but both St. Bonaventure's Brad Vanino and UMass' Josh Schwartz fired wide right of the goal.
In the first overtime period, UMass' Robert Sena placed a shot just wide left of the goal with 22 seconds left as the Minutemen outshot the Bonnies 3-to-1 in the frame.
UMass had three scoring chances in the final two minutes of the second overtime, but could not find the go-ahead goal resulting in the draw.