Scouting Texas A&M
-Texas A&M is off to a 3-2-1 start after a tie with #10 Baylor (0-0) and win against San Diego (6-1) last weekend at College Station.
-Junior Forward Kelly Monogue leads the Aggies with four goals and ten shots. Six other Aggies have scored at least one goal.
-Goalkeeper Jordan Day has played in all six games thus far for the Aggies. She has recorded a 0.96 goals-against average and a .793 save percentage with 23 saves and two shutouts.
-Texas A&M has not played a game on the road yet this season.
-In the SEC women’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll, the Aggies were selected to win the SEC Western Division and SEC Championship.
Against The Aggies
-This will be the first meeting between the Minutewomen and Aggies since 1996.
-UMass holds an all-time record of 3-1-0 vs. Texas A&M. UMass’ last win against the Aggies came in a 2-1 victory in 1995.
-Lamar will take on Rice in Houston on Friday before taking on the Minutewomen on Sunday in Tomball.
-The Cardinals are off to a 3-2-0 start this season and are 2-0-0 at home.
-Lamar has won two straight matches, with victories against UTSA (3-1) and Southern (2-0).
-Forward/Midfielder Kimmy Albeno has team-highs with four goals, nine points, and 15 shots.
-Freshman Cardinal Forward Jennifer Yacuta has accumulated two game winning goals and a .714 shots-on-goal percentage.
-Bailey Fontenot has started all five games in net for Lamar. She has racked up a 1.89 goals-against average, one shutout, and 21 saves.
-Lamar has scored seven of its ten goals on the season in the second half.
Against The Cardinals
-This is the first ever meeting between the Cardinals and Minutewomen.
-Against Texas schools (SMU, Texas, UTEP, Texas A&M, and TCU), the Minutewomen have a combined record of 8-2-0 all-time.
Last Time Out
- The Minutewomen capped off a 1-0-1 weekend away from Rudd Field with a 1-0 victory at New Hampshire last Sunday afternoon.
- After an early opportunity for UNH was denied by redshirt freshman Danielle Kriscenski, UMass took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute. From outside the box on the right wing, senior Brittany Moore boomed a long-range shot over goalkeeper Erica Correa and into the top left corner for her first of her career.
- New Hampshire led in shots, 14-7, and corner kicks, 4-1, on the day. Fouls were 10-7, against UMass.
- Kriscenski made five saves in net for the Minutewomen en route to her first collegiate shutout.
- Four different players have provided UMass’ five goals thus far this season.
- Junior Alyssa D’Arcy leads the way with two, matching her total from 2012.
- Sophomore Jackie Bruno, freshman Megan Burke and senior Brittany Moore have provided one goal apiece. Burke’s and Moore’s tallies with the first of their careers.
Kriscenski Named A-10 Rookie Of The Week
- Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Danielle Kriscenski was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Sept. 9. Kriscenski backstopped UMass to a 1-0-1 record in the previous week, allowing just one goal while playing all 200 minutes in net for the Minutewomen over the pair of road matches.
- The Bristol, Conn., native made a season-high eight saves to help UMass to a 1-1 draw at Providence on Sept. 6.
- She then earned her first collegiate shutout on Sept. 8 with five saves in a 1-0 victory at New Hampshire. For the week, Kriscenski logged a 0.45 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
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 32-29-4 (.523) 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 131-120-29 (.520) all-time as a women's head coach, with an overall record (men & women) of 214-194-45 (.522).
- UMass will return to Rudd Field for home matches vs. Brown and Northeastern next Thursday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.