Stoll, Canfield Lead Women's Soccer Past Hartford, 4-0
Sept. 16, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - Despite a nine-day layoff, the UMass women's soccer team (3-0-1) didn't show any rust, defeating the Hartford Hawks, 4-0, at Rudd Field on Sunday. Celebrating her 19th birthday, Sydney Stoll led the charge by scoring the first two goals. Britt Canfield added a career-high five points on a goal and three assists while Vanessa Patry tallied a first-half score. The four goals are the most for UMass since a 4-1 win over Holy Cross on September 27, 2004.
UMass jumped out to a quick lead, as Stoll tallied her first goal of the game, second of the season, at the 8:10 mark. Canfield made a push down field, feeding Stoll at the front of the net, who beat Hartford goalkeeper Elizabeth Cook to get the Minutewomen on the board.
UMass made it 2-0 when Canfield had a clear lane to the net and took a shot on goal. Cook made the save, but the rebound bounced right to Stoll who put home the easy goal at 16:24.
Only 25 seconds later, Patry got her first tally of the season, picking the top-right corner of the goal for the 3-0 advantage. On the play, Canfield earned her third assist of the game, marking a career-high. She now has four assists on the season, tying her best mark for one year, which was in 2005.
There was no additional scoring for the rest of the half, but not for a lack of opportunities. Shots at the half were 15-8 in favor of the Minutewomen.
No one could get on the board in the second until Kelsey Anderson made a rush up field. She made a feed across to Canfield, who buried her second goal of her senior campaign.
The story of the game was Stoll celebrating her birthday with a career-high two goals. "It's great playing with Britt," Stoll said. "She drills good passes to everyone and I just happened to be there to knock it in."
"We're just taking each game as it comes," Stoll continued. "We're not looking past any games and we're ready to come out and play. We score early and that just sets the game off."
The Minutewomen out shot Hartford 25-16, and had the edge in corner kicks, 5-2. Cook made 12 saves in net for Hartford. Kristin Walker made nine saves for the Minutewomen before being replaced by Lauren Luckey who made one. UMass is back in action on Thursday as they travel to Dartmouth to face the Big Green. They return home on Sunday, September 23, to face Vermont at 1:00 PM.
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