Women's Soccer Suffers 1-0 OT Setback To La Salle In A-10 Semi
Nov. 8, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. - The UMass women's soccer team took No. 2-seed La Salle to overtime in the squads' Atlantic 10 semifinal match, but a penalty kick by Renee Washington in the extra period lifted the Explorers past the Minutewomen, 1-0 on Friday at Richmond's Sports Backers Stadium. UMass ends the year at 7-9-4, while La Salle returns to the A-10 title game with a mark of 15-4-2.
"This team played their hearts out in the A-10 Tournament," said head coach Ed Matz. "As a coach, I am so proud of what they accomplished this year."
The Minutewomen held the Explorers off the scoreboard and limited them to just three shots on frame in the first half despite sustained offensive pressure from La Salle. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Danielle Kriscenski made two saves for UMass in the period, including a stellar stop on a shot by Maryam Huseini in the 37th minute.
Then in the second half, UMass had several opportunities of its own. Freshman Julia Weithofer came up the best chance of the half for the Minutewomen, but had her shot from inside the 18-yard box sail just high 64:47 into the contest. Four more saves by Kriscenski helped preserve the scoreless deadlock as UMass headed to overtime for the second straight day.
However at the 95:06 mark, the Minutewomen were whistled for a foul in the box, which resulted in the Explorers being awarded a penalty kick. Washington's low shot found its way just underneath a diving Kriscenski for the game winner.
La Salle ended the night with a 22-9 shot advantage and led in corner kicks, 6-2. Fouls were 11-8 against the Explorers.