Women’s Soccer Falls in Closing Seconds to UMass
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Massachusetts’ Lauren Bonavita chipped a shot over the head of Davidson’s goalkeeper with 50 seconds to go in regulation and the Wildcats fell 2-1 Friday morning in women’s Atlantic 10 soccer at Alumni Stadium.
Davidson fell to 2-12 overall and 0-7 in A-10 play, while UMass moved to 10-3-1 with a 5-1-1 mark in the A-10.
Quick Hits About and From the Game:
•This was the fifth meeting all-time dating back to 2014 between both schools women’s soccer programs.
•The series is now 1-3-1 in favor of UMass.
•In 2016, Davidson won its first game in the series at Alumni Stadium with a 1-0 overtime win.
•Friday’s game was originally scheduled for Thursday evening, but was moved a day later due to the heavy rain from Hurricane Michael.
•UMass struck first just a minute into the game with a goal from Jenny Hipp off a pass into the box from Julia Taffuri.
•Down 1-0 at the break, Davidson knotted things up at the 49:15 mark when Gretchen Pearson tallied her first goal of the season, drilling a misplayed ball from UMass’ keeper to the far post.
•Davidson had a few other near misses over the next several minutes, but were unable to net another goal.
•With less than a minute on the clock, the Minutewomen’s Erin Doster fed a ball inside the box to Bonavita, who then kicked it over the head of keeper Sarah L’Hommedieu just under the center crossbar for the game-winner at 89:10 on the clock.
•The second half saw the ‘Cats pressure UMass’ defense, firing off seven of their 13 shots for the game in the half.
•UMass had 13 shots as well and held a 6-4 edge on corner kicks.
•Cameron France and Pearson each took three shots, with Pearson putting a pair of those shots on goal.
Comments from head coach Adam Denton
“Not an ideal start to the game but we responded very well. We created chances against a dynamic UMass team. Really difficult to lose in the manor we did in the final minute, but we will stay at it and keep working towards our goals.”