Women's Soccer

UAlbany Visits Rudd Field On Sunday

Freshman Rebekka Sverrisdóttir.

Freshman Rebekka Sverrisdóttir.

Aug. 25, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. - Coming off its first victory of 2012, the UMass women's soccer team returns to Rudd this Sunday, Aug. 26 to play host to UAlbany at 1 p.m. The match vs. the Great Danes (0-0-1) is the first of two in a row for the Minutewomen (1-1-0) in Amherst before hitting the road for three straight.

Scouting UAlbany

  • UAlbany enters Sunday's match with the Minutewomen at 0-0-1 on the year after playing to a 1-1 draw with Syracuse on Friday in the Great Danes' season opener. Regina Nowicki helped UAlbany earn the tie with her goal in the 73rd minute.
  • In 2011, Great Danes ended the season 7-1-1 in their final nine matches and made their first-ever trip to the America East championship game.

    Against The Great Danes

  • UMass is 4-2-0 all-time against UAlbany, a series that began in 1999.
  • The teams last met in Albany, N.Y. on Sept. 6, 2010. Despite the Minutewomen out-shooting the Great Danes 17-9, UAlbany came away with a 1-0 win.

    Last Time Out

  • UMass picked up its first win of 2012 this past Wednesday, 3-2 on the road at Bryant.
  • Freshman Jen Coppola scored her first collegiate goal, while sophomore Moa Mattsson chipped in two, including the game-winner, for her first career multi-goal game.
  • Mattsson, who has already equaled her 2011 points total of six, is the current Atlantic 10 leader in goals per-game (1.50) with three in two matches.
  • Sophomore Alyssa D'Arcy logged her first career helper, assisting on Mattsson's game winner.
  • Freshman Breanna Robinson made her collegiate debut as a reserve in the second half.
  • For a second straight game, Stephanie Gordon set a career high in saves, smashing her previous mark of 11 with 16 vs. the Bulldogs.


    Youth Is Served
  • Eight of UMass' 11 starters against UCLA in the season opener were either first or second-year players for the Minutewomen. Four of the eight--Rebecca Sverrisdóttir, Madison Smith, Jen Coppola and Georgia Gibson--are true freshmen.
  • Freshman Jackie Bruno also saw her first collegiate action, playing 14 minutes as a reserve.

    A Formidable Schedule

  • In its first seven matches to open the 2012 season, UMass will face five teams that either earned rankings or received votes in the NSCAA Preseason Poll.
  • The Minutewomen opened up with #6 UCLA and will host (RV) Harvard on Aug. 31.
  • UMass heads to Winston-Salem the weekend of Sept. 7-9 to play Preseason-ranked #3 Wake Forest and #22 Virginia Tech before traveling to #23 Boston University on Sept. 14.

    Stopper Stars

  • With a pair of seniors in Emily Cota and Stephanie Gordon, and newcomer Danielle Kriscenski, the Minutewomen boast one of most talented goalkeeping contingents in the Atlantic 10.
  • Cota, enters her final year at UMass coming off her best season of her career to-date. In 2011, Cota posted a record of 12-4-1 with 10 shutouts, good for sixth in program history for shutouts in a single season and most by a individual since Briana Scurry in 1993. She logged a 0.82 goals-against average and a .874 save percentage on her way to NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region, All-New England and All-Atlantic 10 recognitions.
  • Currently, Cota is sixth all-time in program history with 16 career shutouts, three away from tying Kelly Tuller (1978-80). She ranks sixth in career saves, as well, with 235.
  • After winning two championships at Northeastern (a CAA tournament title in 2008 and a regular season crown in 2009, Stephanie Gordon saw action in five games in net, drawing four starts in her first season with the Minutewomen in 2011. She posted a record of 2-1-1, including one shutout, and made nine saves in her UMass debut, a 2-1 triumph over New Hampshire. Gordon left Northeastern as the program's career leader in goals-against average (1.09) and earned 2009 All-CAA Second Team and 2008 CAA All-Tournament Team recognition.
  • In the 2-1 loss to #6 UCLA, Gordon matched her career high with 11 saves, a mark she had previously set against Hofstra while at Northeastern on Oct. 31, 2009.
  • She bested that career high in the following match, stopping 16 shots at Bryant.

    Deep On Defense

  • Despite graduating 2011 all-region defender Meghan Collins, UMass returns a bulk of talent on defense, some who will see action in the midfield this season.
  • The Minutewomen bring back five defenders who played in 18 or more games last season.
  • Among those five, co-captains Jess Howe and Lauren Skesavage were two of five UMass players who started all 21 games last fall. Howe has missed just two matches in her three-plus collegiate seasons for a total of 58 career starts. Skesavage has played and stared 41 of 42 possible matches in her career thus far with the Minutewomen.
  • As a team, UMass posted 11 shutouts in 2011, including five consecutive, for the most clean sheets by a Minutewomen squad since 1997.

    Super Sophomores

  • UMass' group of seven sophomores features four players who started 11+ games and appeared in 17 or more of the team's 21 contests last season as freshmen.
  • Returning leading scorer Tori Sousa posted 12 points as a freshman on four goals and four assists, tying for the team lead in helpers. Sousa posted a team-high nine points in A-10 play (3g, 3a, 2 gwg) last season en route to Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team honors.
  • Classmate Moa Mattsson is second to Sousa among scorers returning with six points (1g, 4a) as a rookie in 2011. Mattsson, who started all 21 matches last fall, collected multiple postseason accolades, including NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region, Atlantic 10 All-Conference and Atlantic 10 All-Rookie honors.

    The Matz Era At UMass

  • UMass is 23-17-2 (.571) over head coach Ed Matz' first two-plus seasons, including a record of 11-6-1 (.639) in Atlantic 10 matches and a trip to the A-10 final in 2011.
  • In just two year's time, the squad jumped over 200 spots in the RPI, finishing 2011 with a #46 ranking after concluding the 2009 season at #257.
  • Under his direction, UMass players have earned nine All-Atlantic 10 honors, five all-region accolades and three All-New England selections.
  • Matz is 122-108 -27 all-time as a women's head coach, with an overall record (men & women) of 205-182-43.

    Home Sweet Home

  • UMass is 226-70-12 (.806) all-time at home with a 48-39-3 (.550) mark at Rudd Field.
  • The Minutewomen posted an 8-2-1 home record in 2011, including eight shutouts and a victory over #20 Boston University.

    Up Next

  • UMass will be back in action at home on Friday, Aug. 31, opening a UMass-Harvard soccer doubleheader at 1:30 p.m. on Rudd Field. The men's match will follow at 4 p.m.

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