Road Trip To Ohio For Women's Soccer This Weekend
The Minutewomen will play at Xavier on Friday, Dayton Sunday.
Sophomore Lauren Yelinek.
Oct. 22, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. -
The UMass women's soccer team will take its final road trip of the regular season this weekend as the squad will travel to Ohio to play A-10 foes Xavier and Dayton on Friday, Oct. 23, and Sunday Oct. 25, respectively. Friday's match is slated to begin at 7 p.m., while Sunday's contest will begin at 1 p.m. Coming off a 3-2 win over Rhode Island last Saturday, the Minutewomen head into the weekend with a 4-8-2 record overall, 3-4-0 in the A-10.
Game Coverage Friday: GameTracker
Scouting Xavier Xavier comes into the match this weekend at 2-13-1 overall and 1-6-1 in the Atlantic 10. The Musketeers' one non-conference win came at home vs. North Texas (1-0) while their only A-10 victory came at La Salle (1-0). Xavier enters Friday's match against UMass having dropped its last five games, most recently against St. Bonaventure (2-0).
Four different players have at least one goal for Xavier. Brittany Green and Leslie Boersma lead the Musketeers with two goals each. Carly Wenzel and Susie Pauly round out the scoring quartet with one goal apiece.
Three goalkeepers have seen action for the Musketeers: Jenny Rosen, Kelly Farrell and Jennifer Perri. Farrell has appeared in thirteen games with twelve starts for 1018:29 minutes and holds a 2.56 goals against average and a .688 save percentage. Rosen follows with 260:13 minutes played, a 2.42 goals against average and a .708 save percentage. Both Perri and Rosen have played in exactly five games, while each has started two. Perri has a 3.78 goals against average with a .758 save percentage in 190:24 minutes.
Dayton comes into the match this weekend as one of only two undefeated teams in the country with a 10-0-5 overall record and 6-0-1 in the Atlantic 10. The conference wins come against Temple, George Washington, Fordham, La Salle, St. Louis, and Duquesne. Dayton enters the weekend on a two game win streak, after beating St. Louis (2-1) and Duquesne (4-1). At least 15 different players have at least one point for Dayton. Lauren Maccormick, Mandi Back, and Colleen Williams comprise the top three in points. Maccormick has six goals and five assists, with a total of 17 points. Back is not far behind as she has five goals and five assists for the Flyers, totaling fifteen points. Williams rounds out the top three with four goals and six assists, for a total of 14 points.
Two goalkeepers have seen action for the Flyers: Katherine Boone and Lisa Rodgers. Boone has played in 14 games and holds a 0.29 goals against average with a .895 save percentage in 1255:06 minutes. Rodgers has played in three games and holds a 0.40 goals against average with a .857 save percentage in 223:25 minutes.
Series History Since the teams' first meeting in 1992, UMass is 10-3-1 in its all-time series against Xavier with the squad's last victory coming on Oct. 10, 2008, by a 1-0 margin. Therese Smith scored the lone goal in that match in the 68th minute.
The last time the Minutewomen faced Dayton was Oct. 12, 2008, when the squad came away with the 1-0 victory on a goal from Vanessa Lima, assisted by Tina Roriguez and Smith. UMass is 4-10-0 in the all-time series.
Adams Earns A-10 Honors Senior Cristina Adams was named Co A-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week on Oct. 19 after scoring two key goals in the Minutewomen's 3-2 victory over Rhode Island on Oct. 17.
Adams scored the first goal of the game in the 27th minute to put UMass up 1-0 and her second tally of the day broke a 1-1 tie at 79:57.
The two-goal game marked the first multi-point game of Adams' career and set a new career high in points at four.
Scoring Summary Nine UMass players have combined for a total of 32 points, led by junior Therese Smtih with 10 points on four goals and two assists. Redshirt junior Sydney Stoll follows with nine points on four goals and one assist and senior Cristina Adams has four points on two goals. Freshman Meredith Fox and senior Katie Ruggles have scored one goal apiece.
Smith carries a three-game point scoring streak into Friday's match against Musketeers and had a three-point game against Rhode Island on Oct. 17. She has at least one point in the past five straight home games. The junior midfielder has surpassed her career high for goals (3) and points (8) in a season, her final totals from 2008 as a sophomore.
Cota Cops Pair of Honors For her efforts in the opening week of conference play freshman goalkeeper Emily Cota was named Co-A-10 Rookie of the Week and UMass Athlete of the Week on Sept. 28.
Cota played a scoreless second half to record her first collegiate win vs. Saint Joseph's and earned a shutout in her first start while making eight saves against Duquesne.
To date, the freshman netminder has played in 12 games with five starts for a total of 825:46 minutes. She holds a 1.85 goals against average and a .773 save percentage with 58 saves.
Scoreless Tie Tidbits The 0-0 tie vs. New Hampshire on Sept. 13 was the third scoreless draw in the past two seasons for the Minutewomen.
n total, the program has logged 12 scoreless ties all-time: 2009, 2008 (2), 1995, 1993 (2), 1989, 1988, 1983 (3), 1980.
More On OT From Sept. 9 to Sept. 17, the Minutewomen played three straight double overtime games for the first time in school history and went 0-1-2 in those contests. In 2008 and 2007, the squad played five-consecutive overtime games (third game in that stretch was a single OT) spanning the final two games of 2007 and the first three of 2008, which were by far and away the most in school history. There had never been more than two consecutive overtime games.
Last season, UMass set a program record with six overtime games, all coming in the first nine matches of the 2008 schedule. The previous high was four in 2007. So far this season through 13 matches, the Minutewomen have played four overtime games and have a 0-2-2 record in those contests.
Wilkins Honored Former UMass women's soccer standout Paula Wilkins was inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 9 in a dinner held at the UMass Student Union Ballroom.
A defender who played from 1990-93, Wilkins helped UMass to three NCAA berths during her four seasons, including serving as captain of the 1993 squad that went 17-3-3 and made the sixth Final Four appearance in program history.
Wilkins appeared in 73 career games, scored seven goals and collected 18 assists.
As a senior in 1993, she was named an NSCAA First-Team All-American and to the Soccer News All-America First Team. Wilkins was named an All-Atlantic 10 selection in 1993 and captured All-New England honors in 1991.
After graduating from UMass in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science, the Academic All-American went on to become the head women's soccer coach at Penn State and is currently the head coach at Wisconsin.
When Wilkins led Penn State to the 2002 College Cup, she became the first person in NCAA history to both play and coach in the event.
New Look Lineup The Minutewomen's starting lineup in the season opener featured just four players who started five games or more in 2008: Ashley Hamel, Lauren Luckey, Katie Ruggles and Therese Smith.
Two of the remaining seven, Sydney Stoll and Meghan Gould, returned to the lineup after missing all of 2008 with injuries. In her first two seasons with the Minutewomen, Stoll played in 28 games with 18 starts and totaled 18 points on seven goals and four assists. Gould started 13 of 14 games she appeared in as a sophomore in 2007.
Freshmen Meredith Fox and Jess Howe both made their first collegiate starts on Aug. 28 at Holy Cross. Sophomore Lauren Yelinek, who is in her first season with the Minutewomen, also made her UMass debut as a member of the starting lineup in that contest. Fox, Howe and Yelinek have started every match thus far for the Minutewomen.
Changing Of The Guard After long-time head coach Jim Rudy announced his retirement in late may after 21 seasons at the helm for the Minutewomen, Angela Napoli was appointed as head coach on July 21.
Napoli, a 2000 UMass graduate and native of nearby Longmeadow, takes over after spending for season as an assistant coach on Rudy's staff. In her four previous seasons as an assistant, the Minutewomen compiled a 34-30-6 record, including an 11-6 mark in 2006.
A four-year letterwinner in goal for the Minutewomen (1996-1999), Napoli played in 35 career games (starting 27) and posted a 1.38 goals against average. Currently, she ranks seventh all-time in the UMass record book in career shutouts (13) and saves (159).
Napoli's First Head Coaching Victory UMass' 2-1 win over Saint Peter's on Sept. 19 marked the first career head coaching victory for Angela Napoli.
The Minutewomen scored a pair in the first half courtesy of Sydney Stoll and Therese Smith and finished the contest with a decisive 22-6 shot advantage.
Welcome Back UMass returns six starters from the 2008 squad, including seniors Lauren Luckey and Katie Ruggles, juniors Kelsey Anderson, Therese Smith and Alyssa Visconti, and sophomore Meghan Collins.
Luckey played every minute of all 18 games last season and posted a 1.05 goals against average while also recording five shutouts.
Smith, who started 17 contests in 2008, finished her sophomore campaign second on the team in points with eight (three goals, two assists) and is the top returning scorer for UMass. She had two game-winning goals and trailed only Vanessa Patry (13 points) in point production. Patry is back with the Minutewomen, but in a new role as an assistant coach.
Close To Home Nearly 60 percent of the UMass roster is made up of players from Massachusetts.
A total of 13 players hail from the Bay State, while four come from Pennsylvania, two are from New York, with one each from Connecticut, New Jersey and Tennessee.
New Faces There are six new additions for the Minutewomen in 2009, five freshman and one sophomore transfer. Emily Cota (Green Lane, Pa.), Marissa Dos Santos (Ludlow, Mass.), Meredith Fox (Chalfont, Pa.), Jenna Goodwin (Weymouth, Mass.) and Jess Howe (Wilbraham, Mass.) are the five members of the freshman class.
Lauren Yelinek, a native of Ludlow, transferred closer to home after spending her freshman season at Texas Tech. Yelinek played in 13 matches for the Red Raiders in 2008 and tallied six assists, which tied for fifth-most in Texas Tech history for a single season.
Cota, who was tabbed a top-100 recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com, was named to the Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Rookie Team. She made her collegiate debut on Aug. 30 against Boston University and played a scoreless second half, making one save.
Marissa Dos Santos made her collegiate debut last Sunday, Oct. 4, playing nine minutes at Charlotte.
Cause for Celebration Six players on the UMass rosters have in-season birthdays: Sydney Stoll (Sept. 16), Katie Ruggles (Sept. 17), Jess Howe (Oct. 1), Rachel Miranda (Oct. 21), Meghan Collins (Oct. 27) and Meghan Gould (Nov. 1).
Ruggles' and Gould's birthdays fall on game days this year (at Hartford and vs. Richmond).
Ruggles scored the game-tying goal against Hartford on her 21st birthday as UMass came from behind in a 1-1 draw with the Hawks.
Next Up With the regular season coming to a close, the Minutewomen will return home next weekend for the final two home games against George Washington on Oct. 31 and culminating with Senior Day on Nov. 1 against Richmond.
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