Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Makes 2014 Home Debut Vs. Providence Sunday

Aug. 29, 2014

 Massachusetts (1-1-1) vs. Providence (0-1-2)
Date  Sunday, August 31, 2014 | 1:00 PM
Location  Rudd Field | Amherst, Mass.
Live Video  Atlantic 10 Digital Network
Live Stats
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 Game Notes
The Last Meeting
September 6, 2013
Providence, R.I.
UMass Women's Soccer Battles To 1-1 Draw At Providence
With both teams scoring late second half goals, the UMass women's soccer team battled to a 1-1 draw at Providence on Friday afternoon on Glay Field. The Minutewomen are now 0-3-1 on the season, while the Friars move to 2-1-1.

Jerseys Retired 
- Sunday's home opener marks the debut of UMass' 
April Kater '91 and Briana Scurry '95 retired jersey banners at Rudd Field.
- The Minutewomen retired Kater's #2 and Scurry's #1 this past April at the team banquet

Vs. Providence
- UMass is 6-3-2 all-time against Providence since the teams first met in 1985. The Minutewomen's last win in the series came in 1994. Last season the teams played to a 1-1 tie in Providence, R.I. Jackie Bruno scored the game-tying goal for UMass in the 82nd minute.

Last Time Out
- Sophomore Megan Burke's goal in the 111th minute lifted the UMass women's soccer team to its first win of the season, 1-0 in double overtime over Bryant at Bulldog Soccer Field on Thursday afternoon.
- Just 17 seconds into the second overtime, Burke followed a cross from sophomore Laura Johns into the box. While Conrad managed to knock down the ball played in by Johns, Burke was there to clean up the rebound for her second goal in the past three matches.
- UMass finished the afternoon with a 24-5 shot advantage and led in corner kicks, 6-4. Redshirt sophomore Danielle Kriscenski turned aside one en route to her sixth career shutout. Fouls were 19-10, against the Minutewomen.

Contributions From The Sophomore Class
- Eight of the nine points posted by the Minutewomen through the first three matches have been provided by members of the sophomore class with goals from Megan Burke and Julia Weithofer first career points for Alyssa Fratarcangeli and Laura Johns who dished assists. Burke and Weithofer were both named to the JMU Invitational All-Tournament Team in the squad's opening weekend of action. Weithofer played 192 of a possible 200 minutes over the pair of matches.

Career Firsts
- Several Minutewomen had career firsts last weekend at the JMU Invitational--First Career Starts: Jenny Scro (8/22 vs. Towson),Daniela Alvarez (8/22 vs. Towson), Jackie Miller (8/22 vs. Towson),Natalie Perussault (8/22 vs. Towson); First Career Points: Alyssa Fratarcangeli (8/22 vs. Towson), Georgia Gibson (8/24 at James Madison).
- At Bryant (8/28), sophmore Laura Johns registered her first career point with an assist on the overtime game winner.

Who's Back 
- UMass returns 17 members of last year's squad that reached the Atlantic 10 semifinal, including seven starters. 
- Three of the seven returning starters drew starts in all 20 matches last season--forward Megan Burke, midfielder/defender Julia Weithofer and goalkeeper Danielle Kriscenski
- Weithofer was an Atlantic 10 All-Rookie selection last season as a freshman and saw nearly 1,700 minutes of action. 
- Burke is UMass' leading returning scorer, pocketing nine points in 2013 on three goals and three assists, including one game winner.
- As a redshirt freshman in 2013, Kriscenski played every minute of all 20 matches and logged five shutouts, 92 saves and a goals-against average of 1.11. Her 92 saves tied her for 10th most for a single season in program history.

New Faces 
- UMass has added six newcomers for the 2014 season. The freshman class features four forwards, two midfielders and a goalkeeper and is comprised of three players from Massachusetts and one each from Maryland, Nevada, Virginia. 
- Goalkeeper Cassidy Babin was a two-time MACS All-State First Team selection at Archbishop Spalding out of Ellicott City, Md.

"Ice" Earns Preseason Accolade 
- Junior co-captain Rebekka Sverrisdóttir ("Ice") was named to the Preseason All-Atlantic 10 team earlier this month. The Reykjavik, Iceland native appeared in 16 games in 2013 and contributed three points on a goal and an assist. A 2013 Atlantic 10 All-Tournament team selection, Sverrisdóttir helped the UMass defense limit opponents to one goal or less in 12 of 16 matches she appeared in last fall, including four shutouts. This past spring, she was named a team co-captain for 2014 alongside classmate Jackie Bruno.

Preseason Predictions
- UMass was picked fifth in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll, as voted on by the league's head coaches. With 130 points, the Minutewomen trailed only preseason-favorite Dayton (189 points, eight first-place votes), La Salle (187, 6), VCU (143) and Saint Louis (138).

The Matz Era At UMass 
- UMass is 39-36-68 (.518) over head coach Ed Matz's four-plus seasons, including a record of 18-13-4 (.571) in Atlantic 10 matches, a trip to the A-10 final in 2011, a semfinal appearance in 2013 and four consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship berths.
- Under his direction, UMass players have earned 12 All-Atlantic 10 honors, six all-region accolades and four All-New England selections.
- Matz is 138-127-33 (.518) all-time as a women's head coach, with an overall record (men & women) of 221-201-49 (.521).

Next Up
- The Minutewomen will continue their homestand with a match against Cornell on Friday, Sept. 5, at 4 p.m.




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