Minutewomen Dispatch Dukes, 5-2, In A-10 Finale
Oct. 28, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Posting its highest goals total since 2010, the UMass women's soccer team put in two in the first half and three in the second to down Duquesne, 5-2, in the teams' regular season finale on Sunday afternoon. The victory moves the Minutewomen to 9-9-1 overall 4-4-1 in the Atlantic 10, while the Dukes end the year at 6-11-2, 2-6-1 in conference play.
Sophomore Moa Mattsson provided all of the first half offense, staking UMass to a 2-0 lead with her 10th and 11th tallies of the season. Mattsson headed in a pass from junior Grace Coombs in the 21st minute and later put in a rebound from her own shot at the 38:11 mark. Mattsson's 27 points on the year (11g, 5a) are the most by a Minutewoman since Emma Kurowski, UMass' all-time points leader, recorded 32 as a senior in 1999.
Coming out of the intermission, Duquesne halved their deficit with a 25-yard strike by Stephanie Colon 50:35 into the contest. However, less than two minutes later, sophomore Tori Sousa regained the two-goal cushion for the Minutewomen. Sousa sent a shot into the right corner of the net off a feed from sophomore Alyssa D'Arcy.
D'Arcy also set up UMass' fourth of the afternoon with a through ball to sophomore Emily Benjamin who lofted it over the head of Dukes' netminder Ashley Szalwinski at 70:06.
Freshman Jackie Bruno made it a 5-1 margin with her third of the season in the 74th minute.
Barbie Rohm completed the scoring for Duquesne in the final seconds of the match, putting in a rebound at 89:23.
The Dukes finished with an 18-14 shot advantage, while UMass led in corner kicks, 5-4. Senior goalkeeper Emily Cota logged two saves for the Minutewomen, while Szalwinski had three stops for Duquesne. Fouls were 11-3, against UMass.
The Minutewomen await word of their postseason fate as the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament is set for Nov. 1-4 at the URI Soccer Complex in Kingston, R.I.