Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Opens 2013 On Friday At Siena

Aug 20, 2013

 Massachusetts (0-0-0) at Siena (0-0-0)
Date  Friday August 23, 2013 | 4 p.m.
Location  Siena Field | Loudonville, N.Y.
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 Game Notes
The Last Meeting
September 23, 2012
Amherst, Mass. (Rudd Field)
Mattsson's Goal Gives UMass 1-0 Win Over Siena
The UMass women's soccer team wrapped up its non-conference schedule on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 win over Siena at Rudd Field for the squad's third victory in the past four contests. With Atlantic 10 play opening on Friday, the Minutewomen currently sit at 5-5-0 on the season after snapping the Saints' (4-5-0) four-game winning streak.

Scouting Siena
- Siena is coming off of a 6-11-1 record in 2012, and a seventh-place finish in the MAAC with a record of 2-6-1.
- The Saints return two of their top three scorers from a year ago, current seniors Brittany Pfaff (4g, 1a) and Taylor D'Alfonso (2g, 1a).  Siena also brings back goalkeeper Taylor Booth who started 17 of the squad's 18 games in 2012 as a sophomore for a total of 1572:23 in net. She logged a 1.32 goals against average and an .800 save percentage with 92 saves and four shutouts to her credit.

Against The Saints
- UMass is 1-0-0 all time against Siena, having defeated the Saints last season at Rudd Field, 1-0 on Sept. 23. Current junior Alyssa D'Arcy assisted on the lone goal of the contest, which was one of the Minutewomen's six shutouts on the year in 2012.

Back Again
- UMass returns all four members of its starting back line from last season: Senior co-captain Lauren Skesavage and sophomores Georgia Gibson, Madison Smith and Rebekka Sverrisdóttir. In addition, the Minutewomen regain the services of redshirt sophomore defender Kristen Gargiulo who saw action in 19 matches and started 16 as a freshman in 2011, but missed the majority of 2012 with an injury.
-  Skesavage, the most experienced of the group, has played in 59 of a possible 60 matches over her previous three seasons in a UMass uniform with 47 starts.
- Gibson, Smith and Sverrisdóttir combined for 57 starts between them in 2012. Gibson and Smith were two of five players on the roster last season to start all 20 games. Sverrisdóttir missed three matches due to injury, but started the other 17.

Offensive Outlook
- Despite the loss of 2012 leading scorer Moa Mattsson (12g, 5a), the Minutewomen still return five of the nine members of last year's roster who tallied goals in 2012 and six of the 11 players who contributed at least one point last season.
- UMass brings back three of its top-four point contributors from a year ago: Grace Coombs (2g, 4a), Alyssa D'Arcy (2g, 4a) and Jackie Bruno (3g).

 New Face In Net
- Following the graduation of goalkeepers Emily Cota and Stephanie Gordon, the Minutewomen will have a new face in between the posts in 2013, Danielle Kriscenski.
- Kriscenski will see her first collegiate action after redshirting the 2012 season. Prior to coming to UMass, she played three years as a field player and goalkeeper as a senior at Bristol Eastern and posted a .55 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage, averaging 10-12 saves per-game. Kriscenski received all-state and All-Courant Team honors in 2011, was an all-conference and Bristol All-Press Team selection in 2010 and 2011 and was named an ESPN Rise Player Prospect in 2012.

International Flavor
- Five nations, in addition to the United States, are represented on the UMass roster, by far the most in program history. The Minutewomen imports hail from Australia (Laura Johns), Canada (Kelsey Sitka), England (Grace Coombs, Georgie Highton and Stacie Murray), Iceland (Rebekka Sverrisdóttir) and Sweden (Frida Lindblom). Highton attended high school in U.S. and currently lives in Connecticut, but was born in England.
- In addition to the seven international players, the geographical breakdown of the rest of the roster is as follows: Massachusetts (7), Connecticut (6), Georgia (2), New York (2), California (1), Nevada (1) and Virginia (1).

 The Matz Era At UMass
-  UMass is 31-26-3 (.542) over head coach Ed Matz' first three seasons, including a record of 15-10-2 (.593) in Atlantic 10 matches and a trip to the A-10 final in 2011.
-  Under his direction, UMass players have earned 10 All-Atlantic 10 honors, six all-region accolades and three All-New England selections.
-   Matz is 130-117-28 (.524) all-time as a women's head coach, with an overall record (men & women) of 213-191-44 (.523).

 Up Next
- UMass will open its home campaign on Thursday, Aug. 29, against Saint John's at 4 p.m. on Rudd Field.



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