Women's Soccer

St. John's Edges UMass Women's Soccer, 1-0

Sophomore Jen Coppola had three of UMass' 14 shots on Thursday vs. St. John's.

Sophomore Jen Coppola had three of UMass' 14 shots on Thursday vs. St. John's.

Aug 29, 2013

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AMHERST, Mass. - A late penalty kick goal led to a 1-0 setback for the UMass women's soccer team against St. John's on Thursday afternoon at Rudd Field. Following the loss, which was the 2013 home opener for the Minutewomen, the squad sits at 0-2-0 on the year, while the Red Storm improves to 3-0-0.

Both sides had early chances in the contest, but the opportunities did not result in a score. The first came for St. John's as the Red Storm sent a cross in front of an open net after goalkeeper Danielle Kriscenski had come out to challenge for the ball. However, the UMass defense managed to clear it before any St. John's players could connect.

The Minutewomen then nearly took the lead following a flurry in front of the Red Storm net in the ninth minute. First, senior Brittany Moore rung a shot off the right goal post, while moments later, sophomore Jen Coppola fluttered an attempt from the center for the box that was just touched over the crossbar by St. John's netminder Diana Poulin.

With the shots at 5-4 in favor of UMass, the teams went into the intermission deadlocked at 0-0.

Then with the second half winding down, the Minutewomen were whistled for a handball in the box and the Red Storm was awarded a penalty kick. St. John's leading scorer Rachel Daly buried the attempt in the 87th minute for the only goal of the match.

UMass finished the contest with a 14-9 shot advantage, while the Red Storm led in corner kicks, 7-1. Fouls were 13-8 against St. John's. Poulin totaled four saves for the Red Storm, while Kriscenski had two for the Minutewomen.

Playing its second straight at home on Rudd Field, UMass will return to action this Sunday, Sept. 1, when the squad will take on Army at 1 p.m.



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