Men's Soccer Falls 2-1 To Saint Louis; Makes A-10 Tournament
Nov. 10, 2013
Despite taking a 2-1 loss to visiting Saint Louis on Sunday afternoon at Rudd Field, the UMass men's soccer team still qualified for the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship which will be hosted by Dayton starting Thursday, Nov. 14. The Minutemen will enter tournament as the eighth seed and will play a re-match of today's match against the No. 1 seed and regular-season champion Billikens.
UMass (4-13-1, 3-5-0 A-10) and Saint Louis (12-4-2, 6-0-2 A-10) will play at 5 PM on Thursday night at Baujan Field. The appearance for the Minutemen marks the first time UMass has made the A-10 Championship since the 2008 season. UMass has had success in the Atlantic 10 Championship when it has been hosted at Baujan Field. The Minutemen won the Atlantic 10 title in both 2001 and 2007 in Dayton.
Sunday's game saw the Billikens get on the scoreboard first when Roeckle scored the first of his two goals in the 31st minute of play. Following a UMass yellow card, Roeckle took the ensuing direct kick from 25 yards out tucking his shot just inside the top right corner.
Eight minutes later, Josh Schwartz hit the equalizer for the Minutemen. With a loose ball just outside the 18-yard box, Matt Keys flicked a pass towards the back left post. As Schwartz ran towards the post, he dove at the pass managing to connect with a header placing the ball just inside the left post.
After being tied 1-1 at halftime, Saint Louis controlled much of the possession in the second half.
In the 64th minute, the Billikens peppered UMass with three consecutive shots in 10 seconds following a corner kick. The first effort was blocked just outside the goal mouth, while the follow-up shots were both saved by keeper Nick Ruiz.
The Billikens managed to crack the Minutemen's defense in the 78th minute when Roeckle made a run down the left flank to connect with a cross box pass for the game-winner.
The Minutemen were able to muster a counter-attack in the 85th minute, but Schwartz's shot on goal went just wide right.
Ruiz finished the game with five saves, while Saint Louis' Nick Shackelford made four.
The Billikens held a 14-to-9 shot advantage and earned 7 corner kicks to just two for the Minutemen.