Women's Soccer Loses, But Secures No. 6 Seed In A-10 Tourney
Oct. 31, 2004
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Despite losing to Duquesne in the regular-season finale on Sunday, 4-2, the UMass women's soccer team locked up the No. 6 seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Minutewomen, who are hosting the conference championships, will play the first game of the event on Thursday at 11 a.m., at Rudd Field vs. Richmond.
UMass finished the regular-season with a 7-10 record overall, 5-6 in the Atlantic 10 for 15 points. The Minutewomen tied George Washington (4-4-3) with 15 points, but won the tie-breaker by virtue of a 2-0 win over the Colonials on Oct. 10.
Dayton is the No. 1 seed after a perfect A-10 season (11-0, 33 points). Rhode Island is the No. 2 seed with a 7-2-2 mark for 23 points. Both the Flyers and Rams will receive first-round byes before playing on Friday, Nov. 5.
UMass faces the No. 3 seed Richmond (7-4, 21 points) in the first of two quarterfinals on Thursday at 11 a.m. The second quarterfinal pits No. 4 Saint Joseph's (6-4-1, 19 points) vs. No. 5 LaSalle (6-5, 18 points) at 1 p.m.
"We are certainly disappointed with losing by two goals," said head coach Jim Rudy. " Particularly, in between the second and third goals we played very well. We know we did enough to get into the A-10 Tournament so we have no problem with backing in. It wasn't the last game that counted, all of the games counted for us. We did very well for ourselves considering the fact, we only had two healthy subs all weekend."
UMass opened the scoring as sophomore Nadia Villarroel (Belmont, Mass.) scored for the second game in a row just 5:59 into the game. Off a three-player combination, junior Adair Blyler (Charlotte, N.C.) sent the ball to freshman Jenny Roehrig (Coram, N.Y.), who one-touched the ball to Villarroel who chipped it past the Dukes goalkeeper for the 1-0 lead.
Duquesne reeled off the next four goals as Katie Schwager scored twice, along with Ashley Stelmak and Caitlin Holmes to build a 4-1 lead 56 minutes into the game.
UMass continued to mount pressure and freshman Britt Canfield (Granville, Mass.) scored her team-high 11th goal of the season to make it 4-2 in the 81st minute Canfield pushed the defense back and beat the goalkeeper from about 15 yards out. It was a bit of redemption for Canfield who had been stopped several times by Rachel Gecik in the second half.
Duquense outshot UMas, 18-17. In goal Gecik made seven saves. UMass' Kristin Walker had six stops.