Women's Soccer Falls To Boston University, 3-2
Sept. 8, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - Tiffany Chag scored the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute giving the Boston University women's soccer team a 3-2 win over the University of Massachusetts before 1,558 fans on Rudd Field dedication day.
Down, 2-1, UMass senior Martha Conover (Liverpool, N.Y.) received a pass from senior Alexi Rudd (Orinda, Calif.) and put it past BU netminder Jessica Clinton to tie the game with just 1:54 remaining in the first half. Freshman Morgan Czaja was also credited with an assist on the play.
Sophomore Erica Wideberg (Randolph, N.J.) scored an unassisted goal at the 36:32 mark to give the Minutewomen the 1-0 advantage. The goal, which was the first UMass score at the new Rudd Field, was also the first of the seaosn for Massachusetts. A little over five minutes later, Rebecca Beyer tied the game for the Terriers. Less than a minute later, Meghann Cook game BU the lead, but Conover's score sent the game into halftime at a 2-2 deadlock.
BU held the advantage in the second half, outshooting the Minutewomen 17-6, but Massachusetts junior goalkeeper Kelly Nigh (Seattle, Wash.) made some big stops. In the 72nd minute, Chag beat Nigh with the eventual game-winner.
With the loss, Massacusetts drops to 0-3 on the season for the first time since 1998. BU improves to 2-1 with the win. Nigh finished the game with 12 saves, her third consecutive double-digit save performance. Clinton made six stops for the visitors.
Prior to the start of the game, there was a special ceremony honoring those who made Rudd Field possible. The field was then officially dedicated in honor of the contribution made by Andrew and Jinny Rudd, trustees of the Rudd Foundation.
Next weekend the Minutewomen travel to Birmingham, Ala., to participate in the UAB Nike Classic. Massachusetts will face No. 9 Michigan on Friday, Sept. 13 at 5:00 p.m., and host school Alabama-Birmingham on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Scoring: First Half - UM, Erica Wideberg 1 (unassisted) 36:32; BU, Rebecca Beyer 1 (Katie Smurthwaite) 41:55; BU, Meghann Cook 2 (Katie Chen) 42:35; UM, Martha Conover 1 (Alexi Rudd, Morgan Czaja) 43:06. Second Half - BU, Tiffany Chag 1 (unassisted) 71:50.
Saves: Boston University - Jessica Clinton 6 (90:00); Massachusetts - Kelly Nigh 12 (90:00).
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