Colleges: UMass women’s soccer knocks off Pittsburgh

  • Lindsay Wolf, left, of UMass, leaps in front of Pittsburgh’s Kate McKay to head the ball toward the net during a corner kick attempt in the first half, Sunday at Rudd Field. J. Anthony Roberts

  • Mackenzie Edwards, left, of Pittsburgh, clears the ball away from Alex Schafer, of UMass, in the first half, Sunday at Rudd Field. J. Anthony Roberts

  • Rebecca Bartosh, left, of PIttsburgh, clears the ball away from Serena Ahmed, center, of UMass, in the first half, Sunday at Rudd Field. J. Anthony Roberts

  • Serena Ahmed, center, of UMass, charges to launch a shot on net between Krystyna Rytel, left, and Danille Maggio, of Pittsburgh, in the first half, Sunday at Rudd Field. J. Anthony Roberts

  • Cheyenne Hudson, left, of Pittsburgh, and Serena Ahmed, of UMass, battle for control of the ball along the end line in the first half, Sunday at Rudd Field. J. Anthony Roberts

Published: 9/1/2019 10:37:55 PM

A pair of second-half tallies by freshman Melissa Kössler helped lift the UMass women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh, Sunday afternoon at Rudd Field.

The Minutewomen improved to 2-1-1 with the win over the Panthers (2-2-0).

“That was a great bounce back from our last game,” UMass head coach Jason Dowiak said. “Today we faced an ACC opponent that brought a lot of athleticism, a lot of pressure on us. We’ve faced a few teams this season that have pressured us really hard, but none quite that hard. I’m really proud of our players for being able to manage the pressure and go up a goal, tie and then still, in the last 10 minutes find another level to get the final goal.”

After a scoreless first half, Pitt turned up the pressure to start the second half and forced UMass goalkeeper Peyton Ryan to come up with four saves in the opening five minutes of the period. The flurry was capped with Sydney Marasco sending a ball off the left post in the 56th minute.

Moments later, Kössler drove home a feed from senior Rebeca Frisk from the middle of the box, 12 yards out at 58:04 for her second of the season.

In the 81st minute, the Panthers responded by leveling the score at 1-1 with Amanda West converting a penalty kick.

UMass responded quickly, though, with Kössler drilling a header home, connecting with a cross from freshman Ansley Frazier in the 87th minute.

Pitt finished the match with a 16-9 shot advantage and led in corner kicks, 4-1. Ryan had six saves, while Katherine Robinson made two stops for the Panthers.

Smith 4, Bard 0 — Zufan Bazzano, Hannah Kelsey, Etienne Oliver and Katie Salenius each scored as the Pioneers opened the season, Sunday in Northampton.

Mount Holyoke 0, Simmons 0 (2OT) — Maria-Lucia Delgado finished with three saves as the Lyons (0-0-1) opened the season on the road, Saturday.

Field hockey

Louisville 1, UMass 0 (2OT) — The Minutewomen (0-2) held the 12th-ranked Cardinals in check until Carter Ayars scored on a penalty stroke at 48:52, Sunday in Louisville.

Megan Davies made five saves in defeat. Hollyn Barr stopped two for Louisville (2-0).

Cortland 2, Smith 1 — Anna Ballou (Deerfield) gave the Pioneers (1-1) a 1-0 lead, but the Red Dragons rallied, Sunday in Northampton.

Smith 9, Westfield State 1 — Vivian Nelson had three goals and two assists, while Grace Moorehead and Sammie Pavlov each had two goals for the Pioneers (1-0), Saturday in Northampton.

Mount Holyoke 4, Roger Williams 2 — Mirei Golding-Powers (assist) scored twice, while Kass Lawrence and Laurissa Montigny each added one for the Lyons (1-0), Saturday in South Hadley.

Margaret Robb had two assists and Morgan Turner made 13 saves.

Springfield 10, Bridgewater 0 — Emma Wesoloski (South Deerfield) had two assists as the Pride opened their season at home, Saturday.

Women’s cross country

Early Bird Invitational — Mount Holyoke finished second behind Springfield, Saturday at Keene State.

Lauren Selkin was fifth overall and first for the Lyons in 12:05.0.

Endicott 18, Gordon 40; Endicott 26, Salve Regina 29 — Haley Marek (Westhampton) finished ninth in 21:37 to assist the Gulls in the sweep, Saturday in Wenham.

Women’s volleyball

Becker 3, Mount Holyoke 2; Bridgewater State 3, Mount Holyoke 0 — Sasha Simine finished with a combined 25 kills, but the Lyons (0-2) were swept at Becker, Saturday.

Emmanuel 3, Smith 0; Western Connecticut 3, Smith 0 — Claire Cicchetti had a combined 13 kills, while Evi Evgeniou added 32 assists for the Pioneers (0-3), Saturday in Danbury Connecticut.

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