UMass and Syracuse will play at 4 p.m. Friday. The Minutewomen are hosting an ACC team for first time since 1989.
The recruiting class includes three players from Connecticut and one each from California, Georgia, New Jersey, New York and Sweden.
The Minutewomen were one of 504 women's programs recognized for posting a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.
By Jeffrey Okerman, Daily Collegian
The Minutewomen head to Kingston, R.i. in search of the program's sixth Atlantic 10 Championship.
WSOC VS. SYRACUSE Photos by Thom Kendall '93
WSOC vs. SJU Photos by Thom Kendall '93
WSOC vs. UNH Photos by Thom Kendall '93
WSOC BANQUET Photos by Thom Kendall '93
WSOC VS. VCU Photos by Thom Kendall '93
The fifth head coach in UMass women's soccer history, Ed Matz, enters his sixth season at the helm in 2015. His record over his five-year tenure as head coach of the Minutewomen stands at 43-44-12 (.495) with an 21-16-6 mark in A-10 matches (.558). Under his direction, UMass players have earned 12 All-Atlantic 10 honors, six all-region accolades and four All-New England selections. The Minutewomen have reached the Atlantic 10 Tournament every year of Matz's tenure.
In 2011, Matz guided the Minutewomen to their most successful season since 1997 with a record of 14-5-2 and led the team to its first appearance in the Atlantic 10 Championship match and first postseason victories in 14 years. UMass returned to NSCAA regional rankings for the first time since 2006 and recorded wins over a pair of ranked opponents, which included knocking off previously unbeaten #23 La Salle in the A-10 semifinals. On Oct. 21, 2011, Matz earned his 200th victory as a head coach (combined women's and men's) as the Minutewomen defeated Duquesne, 1-0.
In his first year with the Minutewomen in 2010, Matz coached the team to its highest win total since 2007 and a second consecutive berth into the Atlantic 10 tournament. His first UMass victory, a 4-0 shutout of Vermont on Sept. 3, 2010, was his 100th of his career coaching women's soccer.
Matz came to UMass in Jan., 2010, after leading Northeastern to two of the most successful seasons in the program's history. He was tabbed the 2009 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year after guiding the Huskies to their first ever CAA regular season title with a 7-1-3 record in conference play and a 12-4-3 mark overall. In 2008 under his direction, Northeastern won the CAA Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
In his coaching tenure with the Huskies - nine seasons with the men's team (1996-2004) and 11 with the women's (1999-2009) - Matz posted a combined record of 182-165-41. Both teams were struggling when he was named director of soccer in 1999, though it did not take long for him to put them on a winning course. The men's team won 10 or more games in five of its last six seasons with Matz on the sidelines, and in 2002, Northeastern captured its first America East conference title in men's soccer. He was tabbed America East Coach of the Year in both 2000 and 2002.
Matz shifted his attention solely to the NU women's squad in 2005 when the university hired a head coach for its men's program. After Northeastern had posted losing records in its first three seasons in America East, Matz took over as coach and led the women to winning records in their final five years in the conference. In 2005, the team made the jump to the highly-competitive CAA, and by 2006, Matz took the Huskies to their first CAA Tournament. Matz's teams have succeeded athletically and academically, and for six straight years (2004-2009) Northeastern earned NSCAA All-Academic honors under his direction.
Matz's collegiate experience prior to his time with the Huskies came as a successful coach and recruiter for the women's soccer team at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vt. From 1989-93, Matz led his squad to four NAIA District V playoff appearances. His peers named him Mayflower Conference Coach of the Year in 1992, after earning Co-Coach of the Year honors in both 1990 and 1991.
Matz left Castleton in 1993 and moved his coaching residence to Brookline, Mass., where he took the helm of the men's team at Newbury College. In his one and only season, he guided the team to 12 wins and a runner-up finish in the Southern New England Athletic Conference.
In 1994, Matz joined Northeastern as an assistant men's soccer coach and became the program's head coach two seasons later.
Before moving to the sidelines, Matz distinguished himself on the field as captain of the Green Mountain College men's soccer team in 1988 and 1989. Matz graduated with a degree in Recreation, was named to the Mayflower All-Conference and NAIA All-District teams, and in 1994 was inducted into the Green Mountain Hall of Fame.
Matz currently serves as the Head Coach of the Massachusetts U15 Olympic Development Program. He also coached the U18 FC Greater Boston Bolts to a Mass. State Championship in 2007. Matz has his NSCAA National Coaching License and completed his master's degree in Sports Leadership from Northeastern in 2009.
A native of Woodsville, N.H., Matz resides in Longmeadow with his wife Jenn and daughters Mckenzie (13), Ally (10) and Natalie (8).
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