UMass To Honor Kater & Scurry With Jersey Retirements
Dec. 11, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass women's soccer program has announced that the squad will retire the jerseys of alumni April Kater and Briana Scurry this coming spring at the team's annual banquet on April 26, 2014, at 7 PM in the Campus Center. In conjunction with the weekend's festivities, the UMass women's soccer alumni game will also be held prior to the banquet, at 1 p.m. on Rudd Field.
"April and Briana were a large part of building the winning tradition of our program and have enjoyed outstanding careers both during their time at UMass and beyond," said head coach Ed Matz. "We look forward to showing our appreciation of their contributions to UMass Soccer and recognizing their accomplishments at our spring banquet."
During the Kater-Scurry era, UMass women's soccer enjoyed great success, making six NCAA Tournament appearances over the seven seasons (1987-1990), including two trips to the College Cup with an NCAA runner-up showing and an overall record of 50-9-6 (.815).
Kater, who wore #2, was a three-time first-team All-American (1988-90) during her time in Amherst. She played for the Minutewomen from 1987-90 and helped UMass to an NCAA runner-up finish (1987) and two NCAA quarterfinal appearances (1988, 1989).
As a senior in 1990, Kater won the Hermann Trophy as the nation's top female collegiate soccer player. The forward amassed 92 points over 77 games on 35 goals and 22 assists in her four-year career, including 16 game-wining goals. To this day, she still ranks in UMass' top-10 all time for career points (fifth), goals (fourth), assists (10th) and game-winning goals (first).
Inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002, Kater went on to serve as the head coach at Syracuse for eight seasons (1996-2003) and as an assistant at Colorado College for seven (2006-13). She is currently Head Development Coach for the U.S. Youth Women's National Teams.
Scurry donned the #1 jersey for the Minutewomen from 1990-93 before going on to a storied U.S. National Team career, which included Olympic Gold Medals in 1996 and 2004 and a Silver Medal in 2000. In her career, she made a total of 173 international appearances which are the most among female soccer goalkeepers and the 10th most among any American female player.
The Dayton, Minn., native backstopped UMass to a NCAA Final Four appearance and the program's first Atlantic 10 title as a senior in 1993 en route to Missouri Athletic Club/adidas Goalkeeper of the Year, All-America and Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors. The squad also made NCAA appearances in her two previous seasons in Amherst, reaching the quarterfinal round in 1992.
Over four seasons at UMass, Scurry posted a 0.56 goals-against average in 6,073 career minutes, spanning 65 career games with 37 shutouts and a .906 save percentage.
The goalkeeper played professionally for the Atlanta Beat (2001-03) and the Washington Freedom (2009-10). She was an All-WUSA selection four times and named the WUSA Goalkeeper of the Year in 2003. That same year she was inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame.
Internationally, she started 159 of her 173 games played with a record of 133-12-14 with 71 shutouts. Along with her Olympic Gold and Silver medal performances, Scurry also helped the United States win the 1999 World Cup and finish third in 1995 and 2003. In three World Cup tournaments and two Olympic games, Scurry was an amazing 22-2-5 overall. Her 19 matches in World Cup play are by far the most ever for a U.S. goalkeeper.
The pair will be the first two jerseys retired for the women's soccer program and 10th overall among UMass' athletic programs. Men's basketball's retired numbers include George "Trigger" Burke (#32), Marcus Camby (#21), Julius Erving (#32), Lou Roe (#15) and Al Skinner (#30). Additionally, Dick Bergquist in baseball (#26), Danielle Henderson in softball (#44), Greg Minton in water polo (#6) and Eric Sopracasa (#43) in men's lacrosse have had their jerseys retired in their respective sports.
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