Women's Soccer Kicks Off 2010 On Friday Vs. Washington
The Minutewomen will play their first game under first-year head coach Ed Matz.
Senior co-captain Therese Smith is UMass' top returning scorer.
Aug. 23, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. -
The UMass women's soccer team will begin the 2010 season under first year head coach Ed Matz this Friday, Aug. 27, as the squad will play host to Washington at 4 p.m. on Rudd Field. Looking to build off momentum from their A-10 tournament appearance in 2009, the Minutewomen will face a tough test squaring off against a Huskies' squad that posted 12 victories and won an NCAA tournament match last fall.
Washington enters Friday's game with a 1-0 record after defeating Seattle, 1-0, on the road last week. Kellye Joswick scored the lone goal of the match and Kari Davidson logged the shutout, tallying one save.
The Huskies finished 2009 with a record of 12-6-4 and return eight starters from that squad. Washington made the 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history last season and advanced to the second round.
UMass is 1-0 all-time vs. Washington, defeating the Huskies, 2-1 in overtime at home on Sept. 16, 1992.
The Minutewomen are 23-8-1 all-time in season openers, including a 10-4-0 mark at home.
The last time UMass opened a season at home was 2006, falling to New Hampshire, 2-0.
Home Sweet Home
In the history of UMass women's soccer the squad is 213-64-11 (.759) all-time in Amherst. Five of UMass' six wins last season came at Rudd field.
Ed Matz, the former Northeastern women's soccer head coach and 2009 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year, was named the fifth head coach in UMass women's soccer history on Jan. 7, 2010, and will begin his first season on the sidelines with the Minutewomen this fall.
In his coaching tenure at Northeastern nine seasons with the men's team (1996-2004) and 11 with the women's (1999-2009) Matz posted a combined record of 182-165-41. His career women's coaching record is 99-91-25.
By The Numbers
UMass returns eight players who saw regular time in the starting lineup last fall, not counting goalkeeper Emily Cota. Cota saw action in 17 of the team's 19 games in 2009, playing 1,150 minutes in net.
Of the 42 points the Minutewomen totaled last season, returnees accounted for all but seven. UMass brings back four of its top-five in scoring from 2009, including senior co-captains Therese Smith and Sydney Stoll.
More On The Captains
In 2009, Therese Smith led the Minutewomen with 13 points on five goals and three assists, including two game-winners. She has played in every possible contest over the past three seasons for a consecutive matches streak of 54 heading into her senior campaign, starting 37 of the past 38.
After returning from injury, which caused her to miss all of 2008, Sydney Stoll made a huge impact in her return to the lineup last season. She registered 11 points on five goals and one assist and represented UMass on the 2009 Atlantic 10 All-Tournament team. Stoll is the team's career scoring leader with 12 goals and five assists for 29 points.
The UMass roster includes 10 newcomers: Kayla Austin, Deanna Colarossi, Blair Ferry, Jen Houtmann, Brittany Moore, Emersyn Pullan, Jenna Skagerlind, Lauren Skesavage, Annie Ward and Alexa Zielinski.
The group consists of five forwards, four defenders and one goalkeeper with four players hailing from Massachusetts, two from Connecticut and one each from Georgia, Pennsylvania, Canada and England.
Colarossi, a junior transfer from Oakland, was an All-Summit League Second Team selection in 2009 after leading the Golden Grizzlies in scoring with 15 points on seven goals and one assist, including three game-winners.
Select Games To Air On CBS 3 Now
UMass has broadened its relationship with CBS 3 Springfield, as the two have reached an agreement where 100 UMass sporting events in the 2010-11 season will air live on CBS 3 Now starting this August.
The channel can be seen on Comcast Digital Cable channel 293 in Western Massachusetts and will soon air on both Charter and Time Warner cable systems. CBS 3 Now has recently been re-branded and formerly was known as CBS 3 Weather Now.
Women's soccer has four games in the package: vs. Vermont (Sept. 3), vs. New Hampshire (Sept. 10), vs. Harvard (Sept. 26) and vs. Charlotte (Oct. 1).
Record Book Available Online
The UMass women's soccer record book < a href=" http://www.umassathletics.com/photos/schools/umas/sports/w-soccer/auto_pdf/Womens_Soccer_Record_Book_6910.pdf">is now available online in PDF format.
Year-by-year statistics, Season and Career records are available in html versions.
Cause For Celebration
Five players on the UMass rosters have in-season birthdays: Sydney Stoll (Sept. 16), Jess Howe (Oct. 1), Jen Houtmann (Oct. 4), Rachel Miranda (Oct. 21), Meghan Collins (Oct. 27)
Howe's birthday falls on a game day this year, as the Minutewomen will play Charlotte on Oct. 1.
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