Women's Soccer

Split Weekend For Women's Soccer, Home Vs. Dayton, At SLU

Oct. 9, 2013

 Massachusetts (5-6-1, 1-0-0 A-10) vs. Dayton (7-4-1, 2-0-0 A-10)
Date  Friday, October 11, 2013 | 4 p.m.
Location  Rudd Field | Amherst, Mass.
Live Video  Atlantic 10 All-Access
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 Massachusetts (5-6-1, 1-1-0 A-10) at Saint Louis (3-9-1, 2-1-0 A-10)
Date  Sunday, October 13, 2013 | 1 p.m.
Location  Hermann Stadium | St. Louis, Mo.
Live Video  None
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 Game Notes
The Last Meeting
No. 2 Dayton4
November 1, 2012
Kingston, R.I.
Minutewomen Fall To Dayton, 4-1 In A-10 Tournament
UMass sophomore Moa Mattsson scored her team-leading 12th goal of the season, but Dayton's three second-half goals helped the Flyers past the Minutewomen, 4-1 in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Tournament at the URI Soccer Complex on Thursday evening. UMass, the No. 7 seed in the tournament, ends the year at 9-10-1, while No. 2 Dayton will advance to the semifinals with a record of 14-4-1.

The Last Meeting
Saint Louis12OT
October 9, 2011
St. Louis, Mo. (Robert R. Hermann Stadium)
1-1 Draw At SLU Extends Unbeaten Streak To 7 For Women's Soccer
Lauren Skesavage scored her first goal of the season and Emily Cota made six saves in goal as the UMass women's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to seven games with a 1-1 double-overtime draw at Saint Louis on Sunday afternoon.

Scouting Dayton
-Dayton travels to Amherst with a 7-4-1 overall record and a 2-0-0 Atlantic 10 Conference record following its wins against conference foes; Richmond (4-0) and George Mason (3-0).
-The reigning Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week, Ashley Campbell, leads the conference with 11 goals and 24 points.
-Goalkeeper Elizabeth James has started all 12 games for the Flyers this season. The freshman has recorded a 0.92 goals-against average and a .828 save percentage with five shutouts.
-Dayton has outscored their opponents by 10 goals in the second half of their games so far this season.

Against the Flyers

-UMass is 4-15 all-time against Dayton including a 2-5 mark at home in Amherst. The Minutewomen have not won against the Flyers since 2008, which came in a 1-0 victory at Rudd Field.

Scouting Saint Louis
-Saint Louis enters the weekend with a 3-9-1 record, having lost five of its last seven matches.
-The Billkens currently have a 2-1 record in Atlantic 10 Conference play with wins coming against St. Bonaventure (3-2) and Richmond (1-0).
-Defender Jessie Jarrett and forward Livi Logan-Wood lead the Billikens in scoring with two goals and one assist each.
-Hanna Benben has played 12 games in net for SLU, playing a total of 1053:18 minutes. She holds a 2.05 goals-against average and a .619 save percentage with 39 saves.

Against the Billikens
- UMass holds a 2-5-1 record all-time vs. the Billikens with a 0-3-1 mark in St. Louis.
- The Minutewomen's last victory against SLU came in a 1-0 win in 2010 at Rudd Field. Meghan Collins was the lone scorer and Emersyn Pullan collected a shutout.

Last Time Out
- UMass women's soccer and VCU were locked in a defensive battle for three periods, but a goal by Kailyn Slade in the 106th minute carried the Rams past the Minutewomen, 1-0 in double overtime on Oct. 5 on Rudd Field.
- The Minutewomen put shots on net early in the contest with several quality scoring chances coming in the first 15 minutes of the match. However Rams' goalkeeper Emma Kruse came up with three stops to keep UMass off the board.
- Later in the 49th minute, redshirt freshman Danielle Kriscenski had her biggest save of the game for UMass, turning aside a shot by Courtney Conrad from point-blank range.
- With the clock winding down in regulation, sustained offensive pressure by the Minutewomen resulted in a pair of late corner kicks, but VCU held off the UMass charge to force overtime.
- Then in the 106th minute, Conrad sent a ball over the top for Slade who broke towards goal and sent a shot from the top of the box along the ground and into the net for the game winner.
- The Rams finished with a narrow advantage in shots, 14-13, while the Minutewomen led in corner kicks, 7-4. Fouls were 12-5 against UMass.
- Kriscenski totaled seven saves for the Minutewomen, while Kruse recorded five stops and collected the shutout for VCU.

A Flair For The Dramatic
- Four of UMass' 14 goals this season have been scored in the 80th minute or later, with three of the tallies being game winners.
- All three of those game winners have been scored by freshmen: Sarah Pandolfi's double overtime clincher in the 105th minute vs. Lamar, her game winner in the 83rd minute against Bryant and Megan Burke's overtime game winner in the 96th minute against Northeastern.

Balanced Attack
- Eight different players have provided UMass' 14 goals thus far this season.
- Senior Brittany Moore leads the way with eight points after scoring her first two goals of her career in back-to-back games, at New Hampshire and at #20 Texas A&M.
- Junior Alyssa D'Arcy has scored three times, as well, while freshmen Megan Burke and Sarah Pandolfi have two goals apiece on the year. Sophomore Jackie Bruno, junior Becky Landers, sophomore Rebekka Sverrisdóttir and freshman Daniela Alvarez have each chipped in with one goal.
- 11 UMass players have at least one point so far this season through the squad's first 12 games.

Freshmen Making An Impact
- The freshman class has been making an impact for the Minutewomen in 2013 as the group has contributed nearly one-third of the team's points thus far.
- Two freshmen have started all 12 games: Megan Burke and Julia Weithofer, while , Frida Lindblom has appeared inl 11 of 12. Sarah Pandolfi, Daniela Alvarez and Alyssa Fratarcangeil have seen action as reserves in 11, eight and eight matches, respectively.

 Sverrisdóttir Named Co-UMass Athlete of The Week
- Sophomore Rebekka Sverrisdóttir was selected as Co-UMass Athlete of the Week on Sept. 30 after playing key role in both of women's soccer's wins in a 2-0-0 week.
- The defender started both matches and helped lead UMass to a shutout over Bryant on Sept. 26 as the back line limited the Bulldogs to just one shot in the second half. Then in the Minutewomen's Atlantic 10 opener, Sverrisdóttir scored her first collegiate goal to give UMass an early lead at Saint Joseph's and played all 90 minutes of UMass' third straight victory, a 2-1 triumph over the Hawks.

Pandolfi Collects Pair Of Weekly Honors
- Freshman forward Sarah Pandolfi was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and Co-UMass Athlete of the Week on Sept. 16.
- On Sept. 15, Pandolfi factored in both goals as UMass scored a come-from-behind double overtime victory over Lamar in Tomball, Texas, for her first three points of her collegiate career. Pandolfi assisted on classmate Daniela Alvarez's goal in the 45th minute to tie the game at one and later notched the overtime game winner in the 150th minute.

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 234-76-13 (.745) all-time at home with a 56-45-4 (.552) 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.
- The Aug. 29 match against Saint John's marked the 100th all time for the Minutewomen on Rudd Field.

Back Again
- 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.
-  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.

Offensive Outlook
- 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.

International Flavor
- 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 36-32-4 (.528) over head coach Ed Matz's three-plus seasons, including a record of 16-11-2 (.586) 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 135-123-29 (.521) all-time as a women's head coach, with an overall record (men & women) of 218-197-45 (.523).

Up Next
- UMass will play host to Rhode Island on Friday, Oct. 18, and will travel to Fordham on Oct. 20.



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