The Last Meeting
September 4, 2009
Providence Edges Women's Soccer, 1-0
- The UMass women's soccer team managed several quality chances late in the second half, but could not net the equalizer, falling to Providence, 1-0, on Rudd Field in Friday afternoon's home opener. With the loss, the Minutewomen are now 0-3-0 on the year, while the Friars move to 2-1-0.
The Last Meeting
September 16, 2012
Amherst, Mass. (Rudd Field)
UMass Downs UNH, 2-0, For Second Straight Win
The UMass women's soccer team celebrated its return to Rudd Field with a 2-0 victory over New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon, the squad's second consecutive win via shutout. Coming off a 1-0 blanking of Boston University on Friday night to end a string of three straight road matches, the Minutewomen level their record at 4-4-0, while the Wildcats drop to 1-6-1 on the year.
- Providence is currently 2-1-0 on the year, 0-1-0 at home thus far. The Friars have posted wins over another A-10 foe, Rhode Island (3-0), and upcoming UMass opponent New Hampshire (4-1). The Friars dropped a 3-0 decision to A-10 opponent at home on Aug. 25.
- Kathryn Hiller has four of Providence’s seven goals on the year to date and leads the squad with eight points. Three more Friars have one goal apiece.
- Kristyn Shea has seen the majority of the time in net for Providence, starting all three games. She holds a 1.37 goals-against average and a .789 save percentage with 15 saves and one shutout.
Against The Friars
- UMass holds a 6-3-1 all-time record against Providence since the series began in 1985 and is 18-9-3 all-time against current BIG EAST teams. The Minutewomen and the Friars last met on Sept. 4, 2009, in Amherst, a match that Providence took, 1-0. UMass’ last win in the series came on Sept. 10, 1994, by a 3-0 margin at home.
Scouting New Hampshire
- New Hampshire, which will face Northeastern at home on Thursday prior to hosting the Minutewomen on Sunday, is currently 1-3-0 to start 2013. The Wildcats’ lone win of the year to this point came against Sacred Heart, 1-0, on Aug. 25. UNH has suffered setbacks to Colgate (2-0), Providence (4-1) and Rhode Island (2-0).
Against The Wildcats
- The Minutewomen are 20-2-3 all-time against New Hampshire and will be facing the Wildcats for the sixth straight season. UMass is 3-0-2 during that stretch vs. UNH and has won the past three straight in the series. Last year in Amherst, the Minutewomen took home a 2-0 victory over New Hampshire on Sept. 16.
Home Sweet Home
- UMass is 232-74-13 (.747) all-time at home with a 54-43-4 (.554) mark at Rudd Field.
- The Minutewomen have posted winning records on Rudd in each of the last eight seasons, including an 8-2-1 mark in 2011.
- Thursday’s match against Saint John’s marked the 100th all time for the Minutewomen on Rudd Field.
- 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, 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.
- 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 is seeing 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.
- 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 31-29-3 (.516) over head coach Ed Matz's three-plus 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 130-120-28 (.518) all-time as a women's head coach, with an overall record (men & women) of 213-194-44 (.521).
- UMass will make its first trip to Texas since 1997 as the squad will head to the Lone Star State next Friday, Sept. 13, for a match at Texas A&M followed by a meeting with Lamar on Sunday, Sept. 15.