Women's Soccer Defeats Rhode Island, 4-1
Sept. 5, 2003
Kingston, R.I. - The University of Massachusetts women's soccer team defeated Rhode Island, 4-1, on Friday, at the Rams' home field in Kingston, R.I. The victory marked the second straight for UMass, as they handed Rhode Island its first loss of the season.
Rhode Island took a quick lead to begin the game, scoring at the 58-second mark in the first half. Freshman forward Adair Blyler (Lexington, Mass.) then tied the game in the 23rd minute, as she headed the ball in off a cross from sophomore defender Maggie LaBrode (Palmer, Mass.).
The game remained tied at one each until the 67th minute, when sophomore midfielder Lindsey Bellini (Webster, N.Y.) notched her first goal of the season, scoring on a penatly kick, following a Rhode Island foul in the box. Eleven minutes later, junior forward Lindsey Fairweather (Kingston, Mass.) stole the ball from a defender and tallied her first goal of the season as well, in the 78th minute. The 80th minute of the contest saw freshman defender Stephanie Barrett (Katonah, N.Y.) score on another header, this time off a corner kick by Bellini.
Senior goalkeeper Kelly Nigh (Seattle, Wash.) made seven saves in the victory, while Melissa Bargione made one stop for Rhode Island.
"This was a game of contrasts," said UMass Head Coach Jim Rudy. "They scored quickly, but then we got a few possessions over midfield and regained our confidence. We scored in a variety of ways, and Kelly Nigh was calm and composed in goal, making the saves look routine. It was definately a team victory."
The win brings UMass to 2-0-0 on the year, 1-0-0 in the Atlantic 10. This year marks the first time that Coach Rudy's squad has started a season 2-0 was the 2000 campaign. With the loss, Rhode Island falls to 2-1-0, 0-1-0 in the Atlantic 10.
UMass will be in action next on Wednesday, Sept. 10, when they travel to the University of New Hampshire to take on the Wildcats at 7:00 p.m. The Minutewomen return home on Sunday, Sept. 14, for a matchup with Syracuse at Rudd Field.