Women's Soccer Falls To No. 9 Michigan, 3-0
Sept. 13, 2002
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The ninth-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team scored three second half goals in the final 3:01 of the match, including two in a 20 second span, as it handed the University of Massachusetts women's soccer team a 3-0 loss this evening in the first round of the UAB Nike Classic. The Minutewomen, who are now 0-4, are off to the slowest start in school history.
The Wolverines controlled the game from the start, but were unable to score until late in the second half. Abby Crumpton's goal at the 86:59 mark broke the scoreless tie in a game hampered by the rainy conditions on the campus of Alabama-Birmingham. The Wolverines then added two more goals, just 20 seconds apart in the 88th minute, to put the game away.
Michigan had many chances early, out-shooting the Minutewomen 15-1 in the first half and taking nine corner kicks, but were unable to find the back of the net.
The Minutewomen were able to get off just three shots in the game as they were shut out for the third time in four tries this season. Junior Erin Lilly (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) accounted for all three UMass shots, two of which were on net. Massachusetts was outshot 29-3 in the match.
Junior goalkeeper Kelly Nigh (Seattle, Wash.), who is currently third in the nation averaging 13.33 saves per contest, turned in another impressive performance stopping nine Wolverine shots.
Massachusetts will play the University of Alabama-Birmingham on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 3:00 p.m.
Scoring: First Half - None. Second Half - Michigan, Abby Crumpton 3 (Stephanie Boyles) 86:59; Michigan, Michele Pesiri 1 (Therese Heaton, Crumpton) 87:40; Michigan, Stephanie Boyles (penalty kick) 88:00.
Saves: Michigan - Suzie Grech 2 (90:00); Massachusetts - Kelly Nigh 9 (90:00).