Nov. 4, 2010
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Kingston, R.I. - St. Bonaventure controlled the pace for most of the match as it shut out Massachusetts 2-0 in the 2010 Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Soccer Championship Quarterfinals.
Five-seed Massachusetts was able to hold off four-seed St. Bonaventure for 68 minutes, but the Bonnies heated up in the second half. Junior Tori Burchett slipped a low ball past the defense and keeper across the front of the goal, giving the St. Bonaventure the lead.
The Bonnies sealed the victory 10 minutes later when Anna Cunningham scored her 10th goal of the season. Seniors Courtney Bosse and Sarah Clark initiated the play on a give-and-go up the left side of the field, while Cunningham finished it, placing the ball in the lower left corner of the net.
"I thought all season long we've had a certain style and we were able to implement that style in the second half and generate more chances and two good goals," St. Bonaventure head coach Manoj Khettry said.
Bosse now ranks second in assists (10) in the league, while Cunningham is now tied for third place in goals scored (10) this season.
The Bonnies outshot the Minutewomen 26-5 and held a 4-3 advantage on corners in the contest.
Massachusetts keeper Emersyn Pullan finished with eight saves in the loss.
St. Bonaventure will take on two-seed Dayton in the semifinals, Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
St. Bonaventure Head Coach Manoj Khettry
On Thursday's Game:
"Well today's game was a really difficult game under really difficult conditions for both teams. I thought UMass played really hard, played really well. We had a significant shot advantage...but I thought they did a really good job of putting pressure on us and forcing us into spaces where it was difficult for us to get quality chances. But I'm really proud of my team. I thought all season long we've had a certain style and we were able to implement that style in the second half and generate more chances and two good goals."
On Friday's Semifinal Game:
"I don't think the shot count is going to be that high for us tomorrow, we're playing the number two seed Dayton and they've had a day of rest. So physically that's going to be a difficult maneuver for us to generate that kind of quality number of chances. But I think for us the most important thing is that we're getting to play in the semifinal which is the first time in our programs history that we're having a chance to play at this level. I hope the kids are playing on adrenaline and fumes and we'll certainly do our best to make it a really competitive game."