Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Defeats Xavier, 3-1

Adair Blyler notched her team leading sixth goal, and added two assists in the game.

Adair Blyler notched her team leading sixth goal, and added two assists in the game.

Oct. 10, 2003

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AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's soccer team (3-6-1, 2-2-0 Atlantic 10) defeated Atlantic 10 foe Xavier University 3-1 at Rudd Field, Friday, Oct. 10. Junior forward Lindsey Fairweather (Kingston, Mass.) led the way for the Minutewomen, netting a pair of goals in the contest.

Massachusetts opened up the scoring in the 10th minute when Fairweather shot it past Xavier goalkeeper Andrea Garber, from the top left corner of the penalty box, notching her third goal of the season. Sophomore midfielder Lindsey Bellini (Webster, N.Y.) and sophomore forward Adair Blyler (Lexington, Mass.) were each credited with an assist on the play.

The Musketeers tied the game at one almost 11 minutes later, as Lauren Giesting used her head to put the ball in the back of the net from in close. The cross came from Angie Scarlato right next to the endline. Amber Silvis also recieved an assist on the play.

Less than three minutes later, at the 23:07 mark, Blyler made her presence felt once again as she scored her seventh goal of the year. Bellini collected a loose ball on UMass' side of the field and played a long ball from about midfield, directly to Blyler.

Massachusetts wasn't finished yet, as Fairweather tallied her second goal of the contest, at the 36:11 mark. She took a pass from Blyler just over midfield and dribbled through the Xavier defense and into the box. Her shot slid low to the near post, from the left side, past the XU goalkeeper to, for a 3-1 cushion.

The two teams played a scoreless second half, as senior goalkeeper Kelly Nigh (Seattle, Wash.) made five saves in the last 45 minutes, totaling nine stops for the match. Her counterpart, Garber, made five total saves for Xavier. Total shots were even at 15, while the Musketeers held the edge in corner kicks at 3-2, as well as fouls, 10-8.



The victory brings UMass to 3-6-1 on the year and 2-2-0 in the Atlantic10, while Xavier falls to 6-5-1, 2-2-1 in the Atlantic 10.

UMass will be in action next on Sunday, Oct. 12, when the Dayton Flyers invade Rudd Field. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m.

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