UMass' Season Ends With 2-0 Loss To Top-Seeded Saint Louis At The A-10 Championship
Nov. 14, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - Top-seeded Saint Louis scored two goals in a three-minute span early in the second half and held off Massachusetts for a 2-0 victory in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Championship at Baujan Field Thursday.
The loss ends the season for UMass at 4-14-1 as the Minutemen had appeared in the A-10 tourney for the first time since 2008.
SLU's Julian Gieseke scored the game-winner in the 48th minute when he headed in a free kick that was just outside the corner of the 18 on the left side. Alex Sweetin sent a ball into the box with a wall of players along the goal box and Gieseke managed to put just enough on it to send it into the far part of the goal.
Just 2:27 later, the Billikens got an insurance goal on a corner kick - one of their nine in the game. Sweetin sent a ball into the box that Robert Kristo headed home to give the SLU a 2-0 advantage.
Both teams had their chances in the opening 45 minutes but neither could break through. For UMass, junior Josh Schwartz broke down the right sideline in the fourth minute and had a 1v1 with SLU's Nick Shackelford, but the Minutemen's leading scorer's shot from 10 yards was saved.
Two minutes later, Kristo had a breakaway on UMass' Nick Ruiz but Ruiz deflected just enough of the attempt to keep it out of the goal. Ruiz was up to the task in the 30th minute when Sweetin's shot off a throw-in was on goal but saved.
UMass's other first-half chance came in the 18th minute, but freshman Matt Bolduc's shot in space sailed just wide left of the post.
UMass finished with nine shots but just two on goal, while SLU took 14 and put nine on goal. Ruiz finished with seven saves for the Maroon & White.