Women's Soccer Wins 2-1 At Saint Joe's In A-10 Opener
Sept. 29, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - The UMass women's soccer team picked up its third straight win on Sunday afternoon, taking home a 2-1 victory at Saint Joseph's in the squads' Atlantic 10 opener. With the win, the Minutewomen level their record at 5-5-1 (1-0-0 A-10), while the Hawks drop to 4-5-2 overall, 0-1-0 in conference play.
Saint Joseph's cut its deficit in half in the 78th minute. Shortly following a corner kick by Olivia McEachern, Erica Graziosi tapped a loose ball over to Emily Gingrich who sent it into the bottom right corner of the net.
Several key defensive stops the rest of the way, though, helped UMass preserve the victory. When a Minutewomen defender fell on the ball in the 88th minute, the Hawks were awarded a free kick inside the 18 instead of a penalty, since no foul was committed on the play. Gingrich was denied her second of the afternoon as her strike was blocked by senior Brittany Moore at the 87:15 mark.
The teams finished the day with 12 shots apiece, while the Hawks held a slight edge in corner kicks, 6-5. Fouls were 18-7 against UMass. Redshirt freshman Danielle Kriscenski totaled four saves in net for the Minutewomen and Lauren Jancuska logged six stops for Saint Joseph's.
UMass returns home for its next match, hosting VCU next Saturday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. on Rudd Field.