Five Minutewomen Receive All-A-10 Soccer Nods
Nov. 3, 2011
DAYTON, Ohio - Five individuals from the UMass women's soccer squad have been named to All-Atlantic 10 teams, the conference office announced on Thursday. Senior Meghan Collins earned a first team All-A-10 nod, while senior Julie Morrissey, freshman Moa Mattsson and junior Emily Cota collected second team honors. Mattsson was joined by classmate Tori Sousa on the All-Rookie Team, as well. It marks the first time since 2001 that five or more Minutewomen have garnered accolades from the A-10.
A co-captain for UMass, Collins has played and started every game this fall and is fourth on the team in scoring with two goals and one assist for five points, all which came in Atlantic 10 play. The defender has helped the Minutewomen post 10 shutouts, the most for the squad since 1997 and record a team goals-against average of 0.76, while also ranking in the top-35 nationally for goals-against average and shutout percentage. She was selected as the UMass Athlete of the Week on Oct. 9 following her three-point game at Charlotte.
Morrissey, who was among the seven forwards who were honored, has led UMass in scoring in her first season with the team after transferring in from Cincinnati. Starting all 18 games, Morrissey has totaled seven goals and one assist for 15 points, one shy of her previous career high with the Bearcats. She ranks 10th in the A-10 in goals and goals per-game.
Four of Morrissey's tallies have been game winners, good for 10th all-time on the program's single season list and currently tied for third in the conference. In A-10 games, Morrissey logged three goals and one assist for seven points. She was named the co-Atlantic 10 Player of the Week and SoccerSavings.com/New England Soccer News Player of the Week on Oct. 24 after registering both game-winners against Duquesne and St. Bonaventure.
Mattsson, a midfielder, has started every game of her collegiate career thus far and has one goal and three assists for five points. She tallied the game winner in a 1-0 victory over Maine, while picking of her first three assists of her career during A-10 action. Two of her three helpers came on game-winning goals vs. Fordham and St. Bonaventure.
Cota has started the last 14 straight in net for the Minutewomen, playing a total of 1288:49. She is 10-3-1 with nine shutouts and holds a 0.56 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage, stopping 78 of the 86 shots she has faced. The goalkeeper began the week sixth in the nation in save percentage and 14th in goals-against average.
Cota's total of nine shutouts on the year ties her for 10th on UMass' all-time single season list and is the most for a Minutewomen netminder since 1996. She played every minute of the squad's nine A-10 matches, registering a 0.65 GAA, a .902 save percentage and a record of 6-2-1 with five clean sheets. On Oct. 3, Cota was tabbed the UMass Athlete of the Week and was selected as the SoccerSavings.com/New England Soccer News College Player of the Week on Nov. 2.
Sousa led the Minutewomen in scoring in A-10 play with nine points on three goals and three assists, including two game winners. Overall, the forward has logged 10 points (three goals, four assists), good for third on the squad and has played in all 18 contests, starting eight. All four of her assists on the year have set up game-winning goals. She was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the week and co-UMass Athlete of the week after registering the first two tallies of her career, vs. Fordham and La Salle.