Temple Drops UMass Men's Soccer, 2-0
Oct. 31, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts men's soccer team saw its seven-game home unbeaten streak come to an end at the hands of the A-10 league leader, Temple, 2-0, at Rudd Field Friday afternoon. The loss drops UMass' record to 10-6-1 overall and 4-4-1 in the Atlantic 10.
UMass was the aggressor in the first half, putting much pressure on Temple keeper Patrick Hannigan. UMass nearly took an early lead when freshman Richard Higa (Honolulu, Hawaii) was found streaking down the left side, but Hannigan came out to meet him and stopped a shot just after it left Higa's foot to keep the game scoreless. UMass also had an opportunity with about 13 minutes left as the Minutemen forced the Temple defense to scramble, but couldn't push the ball across the goal line.
Temple, however, took a 1-0 lead just three minutes into the second half, when Joe Brocker redirected a direct kick from Ryan Heins into the far right corner at the 48:22 mark. Temple then settled into a defensive set, and used an Anthony Donatelli goal at the 81:10 mark for a 2-0 advantage. Donatelli received a pass from Chad Baker and blooped a shot from the top of the box into the left corner.
Colin Burns (Newark, Del.) made four saves in net for the Minutemen, while Hannigan posted a shutout, also making four saves, all in the first half.
The Minutemen will be at home for the final time in 2003 on Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game against Saint Joseph's.