Women's Soccer Falls in Opening Round of A-10 Championship
DAYTON, Ohio - St. Bonaventure senior Tori Burchett moved into 14th place on the all-time points list by scoring the Bonnies' only goal in a 3-1 loss to Massachusetts in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 Championship on Friday.
The Bonnies, who earned the No. 5 seed and are one of just three schools to qualify for four straight A-10 Championships, end the season at 9-7-4 overall, inlcuding 4-3-2 in conference play.
The No. 4 seed Minutewomen (13-4-2) already had a three-goal cushion in the 76th minute when Burchett completed a play from Kaitlin Krisko and Brittany Charles. The Hinsdale, Ill. native sent a low shot to the far post for her 21st career goal, moving to 14th on the all-time points list (52) and into a tie for 15th on the school's career goals list.
St. Bonaventure had several scoring chances in the second half, including a header that just barely cleared the top of the crossbar. The Bonnies finished with 24 shots to 15 by UMass. Bona also held a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Massachusetts goalie Emily Cota made nine saves to help keep the Bonnies at bay.
UMass got its first goal in the ninth minute when freshman Tori Sousa fielded a slip pass from Cecila Jensen before scoring low past Megan Junker.
The Minutewomen struck again in the 31st minute when Julie Morrissey bent a shot out of the reach of Junker into the upper 90. Morrissey got the ball on a through pass from freshman Moa Mattson.
UMass got a second-half goal when senior Deanna Colarossi won a 50-50 ball with a defender deep in St. Bonaventure's territory and scored an unassisted goal in the 65th minute.
Bona seniors Emily Buccilla, Chelsea Smetzer, Hannah Lapp, Janelle Taylor, Alicia D'Alessandro, Dakota Carroll, Shannon Van Riper, Burchett and Krisko finished their careers with a 42-35-5 overall record, tying the school record for wins by a senior class.