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Minutewomen soccer losses another low-scoring game to Richmond 1-0

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Cassidy Babin in last year’s soccer game against Dayton. (Judith Gibson-Okunieff/Daily Collegian)

The Massachusetts women’s soccer team’s scoring struggles continued with another 1-0 loss against Richmond Sunday afternoon.

In the 75th minute, sophomore midfielder Keaira Clark scored the only goal of the game to give the Spiders (6-4-1, 1-1-0 A-10) their first victory in Atlantic-10 conference play.

UMass (2-6-1, 0-2-0 A-10) couldn’t put an end to their scoring woes as this marked the fourth consecutive game the Minutewomen have been held off the scoreboard. Their last goal came almost a month ago in a 3-1 loss to Central Michigan.

“We created some chances and had our opportunities,” UMass head coach Ed Matz said following the game. “We just couldn’t capitalize on them.”

The Minutewomen were peppered with shots at the onset of the game but junior goalkeeper Cassidy Babin and the rest of the UMass defense stood tall, preventing Richmond from taking the early lead. Both teams had their chances in the first half, but ultimately couldn’t convert and headed into halftime knotted up at zero.

“Cassidy has been pretty good,” Matz said about his goalkeeper. “Our defense has been tremendous these last four games and I think that’s been a positive aspect of our game,” Matz added.

UMass came out bombarding the Spiders net in the second half and came close to scoring when senior forward Megan Burke rang a shot off the crossbar in the 66th minute.

Just nine minutes later, however, Clark beat Babin to end the scoreless tie and give Richmond the late lead.

That goal proved to be enough as UMass was unable to convert any last minute chances, which sent the Minutewomen home with no points in their first weekend of conference play.

Junior forward Salma Anastasio led UMass with two shots on goal and Babin finished the game with six saves. The Minutewomen were outshot 15 to 10 by the Spiders and only had one corner kick opportunity compared to Richmond’s four.

“A-10 games are still close,” Matz said regarding the outlook for the rest of the season. “We just need to take advantage of our play and play like we played in the A-10’s last year.”

The Minutewomen will have to shake this loss off quickly as first place George Mason comes to Amherst looking to continue their winning ways.

Senior forward Sarah Hardison leads the Patriots (8-3-0, 2-0-0 A-10) with 12 points (seven goals and two assists) and will be a player UMass will have to keep their eye on at all times.

Kickoff for the matchup is scheduled for Thursday at 4 p.m. on Rudd Field.

Ryan Ames can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @_RyanAmes.

 

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