Minutewomen Rout Temple, 6-1
Oct. 25, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Erin Lilly (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) scored four goals and freshman Adair Blyler (Lexington, Mass.) dished out four assists as the University of Massachusetts routed Temple, 6-1, in Atlantic 10 women's soccer action this afternoon at Rudd Field. Lilly tied the school single-game record for both goals and points, while Blyler equaled the top assist mark.
"I am very pleased to see our team not only come from behind, but to finally break out on the offensive end," said UMass Head Coach Jim Rudy. "I am especially happy for Lilly. She has had a lot of close calls all season and deserved them this afternoon."
Down 1-0 in the first half, Blyler sent Lilly in alone and she blasted a shot past the Temple keeper to tie the game at the 9:59 mark. It was her first goal of the season after several close calls. The two then connected on an almost identical play at the 31:01 mark giving the Minutewomen the lead for good.
In the second half, the flood gates opened as the Minutewomen scored four times in less than 18 minutes. Blyler assisted on Lilly's hat trick at the 63:31 mark to put the Minutewomen up 3-1. Less than five minutes later, Blyler scored her second goal of the season putting Massachusetts up 4-1. Freshman Lindsey Bellini (Webster, N.Y.), last week's A-10 Rookie of the Week, was credited with the assist.
At the 75:02 mark, Lilly scored her fourth of the game tying the record for most goals in a game set by Nancy Feldman against Cortland on October 11, 1980. Lilly's four points also tied a school record originally set by Feldman and then equaled by Carolyn Micheel versus Keene State on September 11, 1985. Blyler and senior co-captain Martha Conover (Liverpool, N.Y.) both picked up assists on the play. For Blyler, it was her fourth assist of the game, tying the record for most assists in a single-game. Micheel first accomplished the feat and it was done again a year later by Kristen Bowsher against Texas A&M on Sept. 13, 1986.
The final Massachusetts goal was the first career score off the foot of freshman Kelly Summerhayes (Sharon, Mass.). Conover dished out her second assist of the day on the sixth goal of the game. Junior Kelly Nigh (Seattle, Wash.) and freshman Kristen Rutland (Fayetteville, Ga.) combined to make nine saves in net for the Minutewomen, while Jackie Mauro and Jeanette Hibbs made a combined one save for the Owls.
Massachusetts continues its four-game homestand on Sunday, Oct. 27, as it hosts Saint Joseph's in a 1:00 p.m. game at Rudd Field.