Matt Keys' Late Goal Puts UMass Back In The Win Column, 2-1 Over GW
Oct. 27, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Matt Keys scored the game-winner with just over four minutes left in regulation to lift Massachusetts to a 2-1 win over George Washington at Rudd Field on Sunday.
Freshman Matt Bolduc sent a cross into the box and it was headed twice by GW defenders, but the second effort was right at Keys who swung his right foot into the ball before it hit the ground, sending it into the upper reaches of the goal with 4:09 left and his third of the season.
UMass (3-11-1, 2-3 Atlantic 10) extends its home winning streak to three games and, more importantly, picks up three more points in the league standings and sits alone in eighth place with three games remaining. The top eight teams by point totals advance to the postseason tournament.
Things didn't start well for the Minutemen to say the least. GW (5-7-2, 2-1-2) got on the board 120 seconds into the game when Angel Valencia scored on a very similar play as the one Keys did 83 minutes later. Abdul Shaban sent a ballinto the box and the clear went right to Valencia who collected it and shot it past UMass' Nick Ruiz. It was Valencia's first score of the year.
The Minutemen got the equalizer right before the end of the half on a free kicksituation that started from a few feet outside the 18-yard box. Keys took ashot that was stopped by Luke Farrell, but not secured. That's when senior Connor Devivo came in from the side and shot the loose ball into the goal with 2:59 left in the period, marking his second goal of the 2013 slate.
UMass outshot GW 13-4, while the Colonials had a 6-3 edge in corner kick opportunities.
Keys and Josh Schwartz led all players with three shots each.
Ruiz made two saves and Farrell five.
UMass will play the final road contest of the regular-season next Sunday, Nov. 3, when it travels to St. Bonaventure for a Noon game. The Minutemen will return toAmherst for games with Dayton and Saint Louis in two weeks to wrap-up the regular-season.