Women's Soccer Loses Heartbreaker to Duquesne, 2-1
Oct. 24, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's soccer team fell to Duquesne, 2-1, this afternoon at Rudd Field. UMass' record falls to 3-10-1, 2-6-0 in the Atlantic 10, despite a solid effort on offense.
Massachusetts opened up the scoring in the 27th minute of play, when Erin Lilly (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) hit the back of the net, tallying her first goal of the year. Adair Blyler (Lexington, Mass.) made a nice pass to Nadia Villaroel (Belmont, Mass.) just outside, the penalty box, who then crossed it to a streaking Lilly for the score, from about five yards out.
UMass led 1-0 at halftime, but could not sustain the lead. Lauren Bracco scored an unassisted goal at 54:51, to knot the game at one goal each. With 1:30 left in the game, Katie Schwager made it a 2-1 Duquesne advantage, when she hit a slow, lofting ball into the upper righthand corner of the net, fooling UMass sophomore goalkeeper Kristen Rutland (Fayetteville, Ga.).
Rutland made 7 saves in the contest, while her counterpart for Duquesne, Rachel Gecik, made 2. The Dukes outshot UMass 17-8 overall, while also holding the edge in corner kicks, 2-1, and fouls, 9-4. Duquesne's record improves to 8-7-2, 4-3-1 in the Atlantic 10.
The Minutewomen will be in action next on Sunday, Oct. 26, as they take on St. Bonaventure at Rudd Field. Kickoff is slated for 12:00 p.m.