Women's Soccer Falls To Saint Joseph's, 1-0
Oct. 1, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. -- Megan Schutt scored her first goal of the year at the 72:09 mark to give the Saint Joseph's women's soccer team a 1-0 win over the University of Massachusetts on a beautiful sunny afternoon at Rudd Field. Sophomore Kristin Walker (Lincoln Park, N.J.) made seven saves in net for the Minutewomen.
With the loss, UMass falls to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in Atlantic 10 play. Saint Joseph's improves to 4-5 overall and 2-0 in the league.
The game was very physical as there were 25 total fouls called, 16 of them against Massachusetts. The first scoring chance by either team came less than four minutes into the game. Schutt received the ball about five yards in front of the UMass net with her back to the goal. She quickly spun around and let loose a shot, but Walker was there for the save. UMass' best chance to score first came with 25:45 left in the first half. Senior Lindsey Fairweather (Kingston, Mass.) got the ball off a corner kick right in front of the net seven yards out, but her shot sailed over the cross bar.
Walker kept the Minutewomen in the game with two more big saves in the first half. The first came with 6:03 left on a header by Jen Harris. Then the second came with just under three minutes left. Ginnette Buffone got the ball inside the box after a corner kick. Her shot was blocked by a UMass defender but bounced right to Schutt. Schutt ripped a low hard shot headed for inside the right post, but Walker dove and made the save.
The second half was evenly played as well, but it was the Hawks who were able to score late in the game. With just 17:51 showing on the clock, Schutt took a pass from Kaiti McCaffery in front of the net and was able to slide a shot past Walker to the far post for the game's only score.
UMass had one last chance to tie the game in regulation. Freshman Britt Canfield (Granville, Mass.) broke in down the right side. As she got in the box, SJU keeper Jen Kuhn came out of the net and Canfield was able to get the ball by her. Canfield's shot, however, ended up in the netting on the right side of the goal.
Both teams took 16 shots in the game and Saint Joseph's had three more corner kicks at 8-5. Walker made seven saves for the Minutewomen while Kuhn stopped five shots on the other end.
Massachusetts will next host Temple on Sunday, Oct. 3. Game-time is 1:00 p.m. at Rudd Field.