Women's Soccer Hands Dayton First A-10 Loss Of The Season
Oct. 12, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass women's soccer team pulled off one of its biggest conference wins in recent history on Sunday as the squad handed Dayton a 1-0 loss on Rudd Field. With the victory, which was the first for the Minutewomen over the Flyers since 1998, UMass moves to 6-4-3 on the year and 3-2-1 in Atlantic 10 play. The loss snapped a six-game unbeaten streak for Dayton (9-4-1, 3-1-1 A-10), which came into the week ranked sixth in Great Lakes Region, and marked the Flyers' first Atlantic 10 loss of the season.
"[This win] ranks right up there with UConn (2-1 win on Sept. 19, 2006), but this is a conference foe," Head Coach Jim Rudy said. "We've been building for this. What a tribute it was to the team because they battled under pressure. Dayton had 19 shots and two of the best one-on-one players we've seen all year in Mandi Bäck and Colleen Gibson. The players did it; they fought and they battled all the way through."
It took until the 19:02 mark for the Minutewomen to record their first shot of the day, the only one put on frame by the squad in the match, but it proved to be the difference in the game. Sophomore Therese Smith served a corner kick into the box that was volleyed by redshirt senior Tina Rodriguez over to classmate Vanessa Lima who directed the ball into the top right corner of the net for her second goal of the season.
Junior goalkeeper Lauren Luckey and the UMass defense held firm for the remainder of the contest, withstanding a total of 19 shots by Dayton, including several near misses off the foot of Bäck, who finished with a team-high seven shots. Luckey registered fives saves for the Minutewomen to record her second consecutive shutout and fifth of the season.
UMass tallied seven shots on the afternoon, including two apiece by senior Amy Ballew, senior Vanessa Patry and sophomore Ashley Hamel. Corner kicks were 7-1 in favor of the Minutewomen, while the squad committed 11 fouls to the Flyers' five.
Next up for UMass is a trip to Kingston, R.I., to play Atlantic 10 foe Rhode Island on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. The Minutewomen will return home to Rudd Field on Friday, Oct. 31, for a match against Saint Louis having gone over a full calendar year without a loss in Amherst (last vs. La Salle, Oct. 21, 2007), boasting a 6-0-2 mark during that stretch.
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