Women's Soccer Blanks Saint Louis, 1-0
Oct. 3, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass women's soccer team picked up its first conference win of the season in a 1-0 shutout of Saint Louis on Sunday afternoon at Rudd Field. The victory also marked the Minutewomen's (4-7-0, 1-1-0 A-10) first over the Billikens (1-6-5, 0-2-0) in the all-time series in five meetings.
In a defensive-minded first half, the teams combined to take just six total shots, with each side managing one on goal. UMass' came in the 37th minute, a low strike through traffic by Jenna Goodwin that was grabbed by Saint Louis goalkeeper Katie Walsh.
The Minutewomen came out of the intermission with momentum and generated five shots and two corner kicks in the opening 15 minutes of the period. Senior Therese Smith nearly put UMass on the board in the 56th minute, but her bending strike from the middle of the 18-yard box, was turned aside by Walsh.
Then in the 74th minute, Smith was taken down just outside the penalty area, setting up what would be the lone goal of the afternoon. Freshman Lauren Skesavage took the free kick for the Minutewomen, but sent the shot off the crossbar. However, the ball came to junior Meghan Collins on the rebound and she booted it home at 73:23. The tally, Collins' third of the season, was UMass first ever goal against the Billikens.
Freshman Emersyn Pullan came up with a clutch save in the 79th minute to keep Saint Louis off the board, touching a shot by Ashley Brazill over the crossbar. Pullan finished with two stops on the afternoon, recording her first collegiate win and shutout. Walsh totaled four saves in net for the Billikens.
The Minutewomen out-shot Saint Louis, 14-5, in the match, while corner kicks were even at three apiece. Fouls were 11-9, against UMass.
Atlantic 10 play continues for the Minutewomen on the road next weekend. The squad will next face Xavier on Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in Cincinnati, Ohio.