UMass Shut Out By Dayton But Still Controls Its Own Destiny For A-10 Tournament Berth
Nov. 8, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The Massachusetts men's soccer team suffered a 3-0 loss to Dayton on Friday at Rudd Field.
The loss kept UMass (4-12-1, 3-4 Atlantic 10) from clinching a berth in next week's conference tournament, but the bright spot for the Minutemen is that they still control their own destiny with Sunday's finale against Saint Louis on the docket.
The formula is simple for head coach Sam Koch's club. Win and you are in. But with a loss or tie, they will need some help.
"Our backs are against the wall and the playoffs for us begin on Sunday," Koch said.
On Friday, Dayton (13-2-2, 2-2-2) was the team that clinched one of the eight spots by virtue of its attack that seemed to stifle UMass for much of the contest.
The Flyers got a goal in the sixth minute when James Haupt scored from three yards out after a nice pair of passes by John Howe and Greg Enstone. UD grabbed a 2-0 lead before the half at 30:14 when Bastien Allheily booted a hard shot from outside the 18 that deflected off a UMass defender and past a diving Nick Ruiz.
Then five minutes into the second period, Enstone tapped in a ball from close range to complete the scoring for the visitors.
"We didn't come ready to play today and when that happens, you give up bad goals and we didn't finish our chances," Koch said.
UMass had a 14-9 edge in shots and 6-4 in corners but was unable to break through.
Josh Schwartz had four shots to pace the Minutemen. Ruiz made four saves.