Minutewomen Fall To La Salle, 1-0, In Double Overtime
Oct. 11, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - Amy Schneider scored 4:46 into the second overtime period as the University of Massachusetts fell to La Salle University, 1-0, this afternoon at soggy Rudd Field in Atlantic 10 women's soccer action. The Minutewomen are now 2-8-0 overall this season and 1-3-0 in conference play.
Both teams played through regulation without breaking into the scoring column as a steady rain fell on Rudd Field. Massachusetts' best scoring chance came in regulation came at the 19:00 minute mark of the second half. Junior Erin Lilly (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) and senior co-captain Martha Conover (Liverpool, N.Y.) each had shots from inside the box set up by a corner kick off the foot of senior Alexi Rudd (Orinda, Calif.), but both attempts were stopped by La Salle goalkeeper Marisa Suarez. Conover finished the day with four shots, all of which were on net.
La Salle's Krista Lee had a chance to end the game at the 7:50 mark of the first overtime, but UMass junior goalkeeper Kelly Nigh (Seattle, Wash.) made a big save on Lee, who broke in alone. Less than two minutes later, the Explorers had another opportunity to end the game, but Liz Schmidt shot the ball just over the cross bar.
Just after the start of the second overtime, freshman Lindsey Bellini (Webster, N.Y.) had a chance to win the game for the Minutewomen, but her shot was stopped by a La Salle defender on the goal line.
About midway thought the second overtime, La Salle's Amy Schneider moved down the left side of the field, guarded the entire way by a UMass defender, backed into the box and blasted a shot just past Nigh into the upper left corner of the net, sending the Explorers away victorious. The unassisted goal was her 100th career point.
Nigh, who is currently fourth in the nation averaging 10.00 saves per game, ended the day with 10 saves. Suarez made six on the other side of the field. La Salle out-shot the Minutewomen, 24-13 and held the edge in corner kicks, 9-3.
Massachusetts returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 13, when it hosts Fordham in a 1:00 p.m. game at Rudd Field.