Oct. 3, 2007
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The University of Massachusetts women's soccer team continues their Atlantic 10 schedule this weekend, when they travel to Ohio to face Dayton on Friday and Xavier on Sunday. Friday's kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. while Sunday's is slated for 1 p.m. The Minutewomen (6-1-1, 1-1 Atlantic 10) are coming off their first loss of the season, 3-2, to Duquesne on Sunday. Please note: Friday's game can be seen live through Dayton All-Access free of charge.
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*Fans can follow the action on Friday and Sunday through Gametracker. Please note, Friday's game is also available through Dayton All-Access for free.
Scouting The Flyers
*Dayton, who owns an 8-3 record (2-1 in Atlantic 10 play), is ranked ninth in both the NSCAA/Adidas and Soccer Buzz Great Lakes Regional Rankings. Predicted third in the preseason poll, the Flyers have won a trio of double overtime thrillers. They defeated Loyola Marymount (1-0), Minnesota (3-2), and Iowa State (2-1). The Flyers' offense is led by Mandi Back who has 17 points (8g, 1a). Kelly Blumenschein has six points (2g, 2a), while Colleen Gibson (1g, 3a), Amanda Gallow (2g, 1a), Caitlin Proffitt (2g, 1a), Lauren MacCormick (2g, 1a), and Stephanie Wurth (1g, 3a) each have five. Niki Reed has been solid in net, with a .778 save percentage and 0.92 goals against average.
Scouting The Musketeers
*After a tough non-conference schedule, Xavier (3-8, 2-1 A-10) has enjoyed success through three conference matches. They fell to Dayton, but have defeated George Washington and Saint Joseph's. Xavier is led on offense by Carlyanne Wenzel who has 10 points (4g, 2a). Brittany Green has been an assist-machine with six helpers. Melissa Zimmerman has six points (3g) while Kaitlyn McGoldrick (1g, 2a) and Maggie O'Neal (2g) have four. Kelly Farrell has seen the majority of the time in net, recording a .654 save percentage.
A Season To Remember?
* UMass is off to its best start since 1997. The Minutewomen won the A-10 that season before bowing to Harvard in the NCAA Tournament.
*Being undefeated through the first eight games has led to notice in Regional Polls. The Minutewomen are ninth in the NSCAA/Adidas Northeast Ranking and eighth in the Soccer Buzz Northeast Ranking. For a complete list, please click below.
NSCAA Northeast Regional Rankings
Soccer Buzz Northeast Regional Rankings
Near The Top In The Nation
*After picking up three assists all of last year, Britt Canfield has propelled all the way to fourth in the nation in assists per game this season. Her six goals through eight games (0.88 avg.) puts her behind the national leaders Michelle Enyeart (Portland) and Kelly Isleib (Utah), who average one per contest.
Statistics Don't Lie
*With the tremendous start to the season, UMass finds themselves near the top in many national statistical categories. The Minutewomen are 52nd in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 2.13 goals/game. The team goals against average is 0.73, good for 45th in the nation, while shutout percentage of 0.5 is 38th. The team's 0.813 win percentage is 20th best, while the team save percentage of 0.893 is 19th.
*On an individual basis, Canfield is 26th in the country averaging 1.88 points per game, and she is fourth in assists, with 0.88/game. Stoll is 35th in points per game (1.75) and 28th in goals (0.75). Senior Jenny Roehrig is 48th in assists with 0.5 per game. Kristin Walker has been sensational in net; her save percentage (.898) is 16th best, GAA (.663) is 45th, while saves per game (5.5) is 71st.
One For The Record Books?
*Redshirt senior goalkeeper Walker is now only 44 saves shy of tying Danielle Dion's all-time school record.
*Through the first eight games, three freshmen have tallied points- Ashley Hamel recorded an assist vs. Providence (9/2) while Kelsey Anderson and Therese Smith scored goals vs. Iona (9/7). Anderson also added an assist against Hartford (9/16) and a goal against Vermont (9/23). Anderson is tied for fourth on the team in scoring while Smith is tied for sixth. Not to be forgotten, Alyssa Visconti has been superb at defense, starting every game thus far.
*Led by Anderson, Visconti, Melissa Toulouse, and Kaelyn Caldwell on defense, the Minutewomen have only given up six goals in eight games, recording four shutouts in the process.
A Team Effort
*The Minutewomen are receiving contributions from numerous sources this season.
*With Meghan Gould's first-career point vs. Duquesne, 11 members of the team have now picked up a point, and 10 have at least one assist.
*Redshirt sophomore Amy Ballew and sophomore Jacquelyn Desjardins have already set their career highs in games played in a single season with four each.
*After not seeing action as a freshman, Lauren Luckey has gotten into three games in her sophomore campaign, including a win over Iona (9/7).
*Senior Christina Nunes is coming back from an injury, and has seen action in five games. Fellow senior Tina Rodriguez is still out with an injury, but looks to see action this season.
UMass Predicted To Finish Fifth In Atlantic 10
*After narrowly missing the Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2006, the Minutewomen were predicted fifth in the preseason coaches poll.
(2006 A-10/Overall Record In Parentheses)
1. Saint Louis (7-2-0/15-4-2)
2. Charlotte (8-1-0/13-5-2)
3. Dayton (6-3-0/8-7-3)
4. Rhode Island (7-2-0/12-10-0)
5. Massachusetts (5-4-0/11-6-0)
6. Fordham (6-3-0/14-7-0)
7. La Salle (6-2-1/9-10-1)
8. Xavier (2-5-2/7-10-2)
9. Richmond (3-6-0/3-13-2)
10. George Washington (2-7-0/9-10-0)
11. Saint Joseph's (4-5-0/7-11-0)
12. Duquesne (3-5-1/5-9-2)
13. Temple (1-8-0/4-14-0)
14. St. Bonaventure (1-8-0/2-15-1)
Get To Know The Minutewomen
*For every home game this season, UMassathletics.com will sit down with different members of the team to find out a little bit about them. Q&A's will appear in the gameday program, then shortly after on UMassathletics.com. Please see the archived Q&A's so far.
9/7 vs. Iona- Q&A With Melissa Toulouse
9/16 vs. Hartford - Q&A With Kelsey Anderson,
Q&A With Jenny Roehrig
9/23 vs. Vermont- Q&A With Sydney Stoll
9/30 vs. Duquesne - Q&A With Meghan Gould