Walker Shuts Out GW As UMass Wins, 2-0
Oct. 10, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass women's soccer posted its first shutout in nearly two years as goalkeeper Kristin Walker (Lincoln Park, N.J.) made six saves as the Minutewomen blanked George Washington, 2-0, on Sunday in Atlantic 10 action. The Minutewomen improved to 4-7 overall, 2-3 in the A-10 while the Colonials fell to 4-5-4, 2-1-2 in the league. The victory clinched a winning homestand at Rudd Field for the Minutewomen as they finished 3-2 in the five-game stretch.
The Minutewomen last posted a shutout on Oct. 27, 2002, white-washing Saint Joseph's, 3-0 at Rudd Field. It was Walker's first career shutout.
UMass jumped out to 1-0 lead as junior Adair Blyler (Charlotte, N.C.) scored just 17 minutes into the match. Blyler took a pass from senior Lindsey Fairweather (Kingston, Mass.) and beat GW keeper Anna Handzlik from a few yards out. The Minutewomen and Colonials played a relatively even first half with both teams taking five shots.
The second half saw UMass mount pressure as Fairweather had several great scoring chances but was stopped by Handzlik and shot several balls high over the goal. Freshman sensation Britt Canfield (Granville, Mass.) scored an insurance goal with 15:45 left in regulation. Canfield, the reigning A-10 Rookie of the Week, scored her team-high sixth goal as she blasted a shot from about 15 yards out that deflected off Handzlik's hands and into the goal.
UMass outshot GW, 18-14 in the win, which was also the Minutewomen's first over the Colonials in four years. GW had won the last three games, all by shutouts, 3-0, 2-0 and 1-0, dating to 2001. Overall, the win was UMass' 15th all-time in the series with the Colonials, which ties for the second-most against any opponent in school history.
The Minutewomen hit the road for a pair of games in Ohio next weekend as they faced nationally-ranked and Atlantic 10 top team Dayton on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Xavier on Sunday at 1 p.m.