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UB goalkeeper Emily Kelly notches second straight clean sheet as Bulls down Cornell, 2-0

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO ATHLETICS

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Freshman goalkeeper Emily Kelly was able to notch her second straight clean sheet on Friday night as she made a career-high nine saves in the University at Buffalo women's soccer teams (2-1-0, 0-0-0 MAC) 2-0 road win over Cornell. With the win, Buffalo hasn't allowed a goal in 238:40 minutes of play. 
The Basics
Starting Lineups
How It Happened
  • The Big Red were able to record the first two shots of the match early on as Emily Kelly stood tall and made a pair of saves on Karli Berry and Aidan Reineman to keep the match scoreless.
  • In the 10th minute, Gianna Yurchak was able to give UB their first shot of the half as she ripped a shot that was turned away by the Cornell keeper.
  • After some back-and-forth play, Gurjeena Jandu was able to get free for a pair of shots but her attempts were saved by Meghan Kennedy.
  • In the 34th minute, Marcy Barberic had a great chance but her shot was again turned away by the Cornell keeper.
  • Freshman Hannah Callaghan had a good chance to break the tie in the final m,inute of the first half but her hard shot was turned away by Kennedy as the teams went to halftime knotted, 0-0.
  • The Bulls were able to break the scoreless tie early on in the second half as Carissima Cutrona gathered a ball in the box and buried her first goal of the season in the 50th minute. Gurjeena Jandu sent a corner into the box where Kaitlyn Walsh got a shot towards the net that was blocked and Cutrona gathered the loose ball and scored.
  • Freshman keeper Emily Kelly was then able to make a pair of huge saves to help UB maintain the lead as she made a diving stop in the 60th minute as she turned away Aidan Reineman's hard shot. Then Kelly stood her ground in the 63rd minute as Juliana Comer had a point blank chance but she grabbed the hard shot as she had a clear view of the attacking player.
  • Buffalo responded with a dagger in the 73rd minute of play as Carissima Cutrona fed Marcy Barberic who finished off her first goal of the season into the lower right corner of the net to give UB the 2-0 lead.
  • A couple minutes later, Emily Kelly came up big once again as she stopped an Aidan Reineman blast to preserve the 2-0 lead.
  • The Big Red had a pair of chances in the final seven minutes of the game but weren't able to break through with a goal as UB cruised to the 2-0 road win.
Inside The Numbers
  • With the win, the Bulls now own a 4-3-3 record against Cornell in the all-time series.
  • The game-winning goal for Carissima Cutrona was the 21st goal of her career and her eighth game-winner.
  • With her three-point effort on Friday, Carissima Cutrona now ranks ninth in UB history with 55 career points. The senior is also tied for 10th in school history with 21 career goals.
  • Marcy Barberic netted her first goal of the season and second of her career in the win.
  • Kaitlyn Walsh earned her first assist of the season and fourth of her career on Cutrona's game-winner. The sophomore has now tied her career-high with five points through just three matches in 2018.
  • Freshman Andrea Judasz collected her first career point, an assist, on Marcy Barberic's goal.
  • Freshman Emily Kelly made a career-high nine saves in her second straight cleansheet victory. She hasn't allowed a goal in 238:40 of game time for the Bulls.
  • Kaitlyn Walsh and Marcy Barberic led the Bulls with three shots each in the victory.
  • Cornell held the slim 15-14 edge in shots while the teams were tied with three corner kicks each.
Quote-a-BULL
  • Head coach Shawn Burke: "We are really pleased with the girls effort and energy tonight. Cornell is a tough, physical and fast team and our girls did a great job with halftime adjustments tonight. This was a great team win."
Player of the Match
Following the match, the UB coaching staff selected freshman Hannah Callaghan as the Player of the Match after her strong performance in the Bulls 2-0 win.
NEXT UP
The Bulls will stay on the road for a Sunday afternoon showdown with the Albany Great Danes that will begin at 1:00 pm inside Casey Stadium.