UMass Women's Soccer Drops 2-0 Decision At Saint Louis
Oct. 28, 2007
SAINT LOUIS, Mo. - The UMass women's soccer team finished a challenging road trip with a 2-0 defeat at Saint Louis on Sunday afternoon. The Billikens, who are undefeated at home, received goals from Alyssa Mautz and Julia Bradenberg to improve to 7-1-2 in conference play. UMass goalkeeper Lauren Luckey played well in net, making 11 saves. The Minutewomen (8-6-1, 3-6 Atlantic 10) conclude the regular season next weekend when they host Richmond on Nov. 2 and George Washington on Nov. 4.
"We did pretty well," UMass Head Coach Jim Rudy said. "There were times in this game where we attacked with abandon and got forward, and there were times we had to defend a lot. [Saint Louis] is a healthy and deep team.
"Once again, I'm proud of our kids; they really worked hard," Rudy continued. "We did something in this game that we didn't do in the Charlotte game: we created chances on goal that they had to save. Although territorially they outplayed us, the first half we had two chances in tight and their keeper saved both of them."
Saint Louis struck first with a goal in the 11th minute. Bradenberg took a shot, which Luckey saved and tried to gain possession, but Mautz was there to clean up the rebound for the 1-0 lead. Bradenberg was credited with an assist on the play.
The Minutewomen had two glittering opportunities in trying to tie the score. Katie Ruggles took a shot at 19:53 in which Saint Louis goalkeeper Hanna Koesterer had to make a diving save. Ashley Hamel had the same fate at 25:37.
The rest of the half remained scoreless with Saint Louis up by one. UMass defender Alyssa Visconti was injured and did not return in the second half due to an injury.
The Billikens received insurance in the second half when Bradenberg scored her third goal of the season by picking the far corner with a perfectly placed shot at 60:51.
Saint Louis led in shots, 26-7, while taking five corner kicks to UMass' zero. Koesterer made three stops for the Billikens while Luckey, starting her third game of the season, made a career-high 11. Also of note, Meghan Gould saw action for the first time since suffering an injury on Oct. 11 vs. Rhode Island.
The Minutewomen return home on Friday to host the Richmond Spiders. The game will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the 11 a.m. men's soccer game vs. La Salle. UMass then hosts George Washington on Sunday on Senior Day. Admission is free to all, and fans can follow the action with live streaming video through UMass All-Access or live stats with Gametracker.
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