Men's Soccer Plays To 1-1 Draw With Montreal In Exhibition
Aug. 19, 2006
AMHERST, Mass. - The men's soccer team rallied late to tie the University of Montreal on Saturday afternoon, 1-1, in a preseason exhibition game at Rudd Field. Freshman Michael Jejna (Scottsdale, Ariz.) scored the tying goal with 7:08 left in the game on a header. He scored off a free kick by sophomore Chris Brown (Tucson, Ariz.).
"Overall, I feel OK about the game," said head coach Sam Koch. "We are a step closer. We did come back and did not give up which is the mentality we need to have. We still need to fine tune things and get more fit to be ready for Friday's game with Maine."
Montreal scored the game's first goal with 22:26 left in the second half as one of their forwards beat UMass' goalkeeper Zack Simmons (Durham, N.H.) to the right side after he committed to come out.
The Minutemen continued to battle and were able to tie the game late and fend off some late chances by the Carabins. Simmons finished with five saves for UMass.
Montreal outshot UMass, 12-10, but the Minutemen had a 6-4 second-half advantage.
The Minutemen had a chance to take a 1-0 lead with 25:50 left in the game as they were awarded a penalty kick, but the Montreal keeper stopped the UMass shot in the low left corner.
Koch cited several players after the game starting with his freshman goal scorer.
"Michael Jejna was solid and continues to get better for us," said Koch. "Our central midfielders Mike DeSantis and Tony Bassett are gaining a better understanding of each other as they play together again. Our backs struggled a bit, but Kenny Cook and Chris Brown are the key guys who will help get things together."
The Minutemen open the regular-season on Friday, Aug. 25 vs. Maine at 5 p.m., at Rudd Field.
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