LaSalle Rallies For Late Win At UMass, 2-1
Oct. 24, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass women's soccer team lost a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to LaSalle in a key Atlantic 10 conference game on Sunday at Rudd Field on Senior Day. LaSalle's Shannon Plunkett scored her first goal of the season with 1:14 left in regulation to lift the Explorers to the win and a temporary tie for second place in the conference with 15 points (5-4-0). Overall, LaSalle is now 9-6-2. UMass is 6-9-0 overall and 4-5-0 (12 points) in the A-10, fighting for a playoff spot. The top six teams in the conference advance to the Atlantic 10 Tournament at Rudd Field on Nov. 4-7.
UMass dominated the game in the first half and took a 1-0 lead as freshman and A-10 Rookie of the Year candidate Britt Canfield (Granville, Mass.) scored her team-high ninth goal of the season in the 33rd minute. Canfield finished off a pretty play as she shot the ball into the low right corner off passes from junior Lindsey Bellini (Webster, N.Y.) and freshman Jenny Roehrig (Coram, N.Y.). The Minutewomen had several more chances to score in the first half as they outshot LaSalle, 9-3. UMass' lone senior starter Lindsey Fairweather (Kingston, Mass.) had a few chances to dent the scoreboard but was unable to beat LaSalle's Kerry Schamberger.
LaSalle poured on the pressure in the second half as they piled up a 9-2 shots advantage and finally beat UMass' Kristin Walker (Lincoln Park, N.J.) in the 72nd minute. UMass and Walker had not allowed a goal in over 281 minutes spanning four games. Explorer Kelly Lyons broke the streak with a bending shot into the high left corner over Walker to knot the score at 1-1. Kim Lisun and Alexis Petrucci were credited with assists on the goal.
LaSalle continued to get scoring chances and made their final one of the game count as Plunkett converted a corner kick by Heather Barclay in front of the UMass goal for the 2-1 win.
Walker finished with six saves, Schamberger made five saves for the Explorers.
Fairweather was honored before the game as a part of Senior Day.
UMass hits the road for its final two regular-season games at St. Bonaventure and Duquesne next Friday and Sunday, respectively before finding outs Atlantic 10 tournament fate.
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