Men's Soccer

Despite Fall At Temple, Men's Soccer Clinches A-10 Tournament Spot

Zack Simmons

Zack Simmons

Nov. 11, 2007

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PHILADELPHIA - The UMass men's soccer team fell 1-0 in double overtime at Temple on Sunday, but have clinched a spot in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament finishing third in the conference standings. The Minutemen will face tournament host Dayton on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Dayton, Ohio. The Flyers finished the regular season in sixth-place. On Sunday, Temple's Brian Weinhardt scored the game-winning goal in the 109th minute of play.

Both teams played through a scoreless regulation to force an overtime session. Statistically, Temple controlled much of the offensive pace of the game outshooting the Minutemen 14-to-3 in the first half and 9-to-4 in the second. Despite the margin, UMass keeper Zack Simmons was forced to make just five shots.

Neither team was able to score in the first overtime period forcing the second OT period.

J.T. Noone set up Weinhardt with a cross inside the goal box where Weinhardt tracked the ball down for the game-winning goal at the 108:29 mark.

Going into the post season, UMass has won nine of its last 12 games with seven shutout victories. For the 2007 regular season, the Minutemen allowed just 15 goals which is ninth fewest allowed in one season in program history and the fewest since the 1979 season where UMass gave up only 13 goals.

This will be the 10th time UMass has advanced to the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Minutemen last qualified during the 2005 season losing to Rhode Island 2-0 in the quarterfinal round. UMass is 4-6-2 all-time in the conference tournament and last won the championship title in 2001. The league champion will gain an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Dayton will host the A-10 Championship Tournament in Dayton, Ohio at Baujan Field from Thursday to Sunday, Nov. 15-18.




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