On To A-10 Semis! UMass Eliminates Bonnies, 3-1
Nov. 3, 2011
DAYTON, Ohio - The UMass women's soccer team rode two first half goals to its first postseason victory since 1997 as the squad downed St. Bonaventure, 3-1 in the opening round of the A-10 Tournament on Thursday evening at Dayton's Bajuan Field. With the win, the Minutewomen move on to the semifinals to face either #1 La Salle or #2 Richmond and improve their record to 13-4-2. The Bonnies end their season at 9-7-4.
Despite early pressure from St. Bonaventure, UMass was quick to score in the contest. After the Minutewomen won the ball in the midfield, sophomore Cecilia Jensen carried up the middle towards the goal and sent a perfectly-timed through ball to freshman Tori Sousa. Sousa split the Bonnies' defenders and beat the goalkeeper Megan Junker one-on-one for her fourth goal of the season. It marked the first UMass A-10 Tournament goal since 1999 in a 5-1 loss to Xavier.
The Minutewomen went on to add another before the intermission. At 30:55, freshman Moa Mattsson fed senior Julie Morrissey on the left wing. Morrissey's shot, which was rocketed from the top of the box, bent in just under the crossbar out of the reach of Junker. The tally was Morrissey's team-leading eighth of the season, surpassing her previous career high from her freshman year at Cincinnati.
Then in the 67th minute, UMass pushed its advantage to 3-0. Off a shanked goal kick, senior Deanna Colarossi won a 50/50 ball, poked it past the back line to set up a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Colarossi finished the play with a low shot past Junker for her fifth of the season.
St. Bonaventure took one of the goals back as Kaitlin Krisko and Brittany Charles set up Tori Burchett for a close range shot that she tucked inside the far post at 75:01.
In UMass' highest goal-scoring output of the season, 18 players saw action for the Minutewomen. The Bonnies finished with a 24-15 shot advantage and led in corner kicks, 9-1. Fouls were 11-4 against UMass.
In goal for the Minutewomen, junior Emily Cota made nine saves. Junker had one save for St. Bonaventure.