Sousa & Collins Help UMass Down Fordham, 2-0
Oct. 14, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - On a rain-soaked Rudd Field, the UMass women's soccer team pushed its unbeaten streak to eight on Friday afternoon with a 2-0 win over Fordham. The Minutewomen, now 9-2-2 on the year and 3-0-1 in the Atlantic 10, have reached their highest season win total since 2007. The Rams, who entered the match tied with UMass for third in the A-10 standings, fall to 7-6-2 overall and 2-2-1 in the conference.
The Minutewomen struck early, scoring in the 11th minute after adjusting to the sloppy weather conditions. Freshman Moa Mattsson sent a cross from the right of goal into classmate Tori Sousa who finished the play with a diving header from close range for the first of her career.
Just moments into the second half, Fordham came dangerously close to knotting the score at one. A pair of corner kicks resulted in chances for the Rams, including a shot by Maria Lorena Canicatti that was cleared off the line by junior Jess Howe at 49:20.
Less than five minutes later, the Minutewomen sealed the victory with a goal by senior co-captain Meghan Collins. Fordham was unable to clear the ball out of the box after blocking several UMass shots, which allowed Collins to collect the loose ball and tap it home at 53:25 as she stood at the goal mouth.
That would be all the Minutewomen would need offensively as junior Emily Cota turned aside six shots on net to pick up her sixth shutout of the season for a new career high. Rachel Suther made nine saves for Fordham as UMass outshot the Rams, 17-14 on the afternoon. Corner kicks were 7-4, Fordham, while fouls were 10-5 against the Rams.
UMass returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. on Rudd Field against La Salle for the squad's Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness game. Depending on the results of Friday's A-10 matches, the contest could potentially be a battle for first place in the conference standings. The Explorers, who play tonight at Rhode Island, entered the weekend undefeated at 12-0-1 on the year.
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