Minutewomen Come Back To Down Duquesne, 2-1
Oct. 18, 2002
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Freshman Lindsey Bellini (Webster, N.Y.) scored two goals in the final 5:29 to give the University of Massachusetts women's soccer team a 2-1 win over Duquesne University this evening in Atlantic 10 Conference action. Massachusetts has now won two games in a row for the first time this season.
"To come back like this goes to show the character that these kids have," said UMass Head Coach Jim Rudy. "We played our most skillful game of the year and it was a deserved victory. I have to give a lot of credit to their goalie. We definitely had our fair share of chances."
After a scoreless first half, Katie Schwager scored off a penalty kick giving the Dukes a 1-0 lead at the 71:40 mark. It was the first penalty kick that UMass has allowed this season. The Minutewomen tied the score when freshman Adair Blyler (Lexington, Mass.) set up Bellini for her fourth goal of the season with just 5:29 remaining in regulation. For Bellini, it was her first career assist.
Just when it looked like the Minutewomen were heading for their second overtime in three games, Bellini drew a penalty kick with just 1:27 left. She blew the ensuing shot past Duquesne goalkeeper Kristin Scharphorn for the game-winner bringing the Minutewomen back to the .500 mark in conference play at 3-3. It was the first penalty kick that Massachusetts has taken all season.
Junior co-captain Kelly Nigh (Seattle, Wash.) made 11 saves in net for the Minutewomen, while Scharphorn stopped 11 shots as well for the home team. Duquesne out-shot Massachusetts, 17-15, but the Minutewomen held the edge, 11-10 in the second half. Duquesne took seven corner kicks to UMass' six.
The Minutewomen will travel to Olean, N.Y. for a 12:00 p.m. game at St. Bonaventure on Sunday, Oct. 20. It will be the final road game of the season for them.