Women's Soccer Defeats Quinnipiac In Season Opener
Aug. 30, 2003
AGAWAM, Mass. - Sophomore forward Adair Blyler (Lexington, Mass.) scored two goals in the second half to lead the Minutewomen to a 2-1 victory in their season opener against Quinnipiac on Aug. 30, held at Agawam High School. UMass is 1-0-0 on the young season.
Quinnipiac struck first when Claudia Casteneda scored in the 16th minute on an assist by Ashley Lockwood. The score remained at 1-0 until the 64th minute when Blyler scored the first UMass goal of the season on an assist by freshman Nadia Villarroel (Belmont, Mass.), who came in as a substitute in the first half. Blyler tallied another goal in the 87th minute of play from almost the same spot on the field, assisted this time by junior Carly Turman (Pleasant Hill, Calif.).
Senior goalkeeper Kelly Nigh (Seattle, Wash.) made three saves in the contest, including a diving stop in the final minutes of the first half that held Quinnipiac's lead to only one goal. Opposing goalkeeper Heather Zaccone made three saves as well.
Other Minutewomen making substantial contributions were junior Lindsey Fairweather (Kingston, Mass.) and freshman Lindsey Bellini (Webster, N.Y.). Fairweather had two shots on goal, while Bellini added one shot on goal in addition to taking all of the Massachusetts corner kicks. The UMass offense outshot Quinnipiac, 15-7, overall.
UMass will be in action next on Friday, Sept. 5 when they travel to the University of Rhode Island to take on the Rams at 7:00 p.m. The Minutewomen return home on Sunday, Sept. 14, for a matchup with Syracuse at Rudd Field.