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UB women's soccer gets back on track; earns clean sheet at Miami, 1-0

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO ATHLETICS

OXFORD, O.H. -- The University at Buffalo women's soccer team (10-4-0, 4-3-0 MAC) picked up their 10th win of the season on Friday afternoon as they blanked the Miami (OH) RedHawks on the road, 1-0. Sophomore Kaitlyn Walsh netted the game-winner for the Bulls in the 13th minute of the match, her third game-winner of the season.
The Basics
  • Score: Buffalo 1, Miami (OH) 0
  • Records: Buffalo (10-4-0, 4-3-0 MAC), Miami (OH) (3-10-1, 1-6-0 MAC)
  • Buffalo Goal Scorer: Kaitlyn Walsh (6)
  • Buffalo Assist: Tess Ford (2)
  • Location: Miami Soccer Field – Oxford, OH
  • Attendance: 151
Starting Lineups
How It Happened
  • The RedHawks were able to record the first shot on goal of the match in the sixth minute as Lyda Bogdanovitch took a shot that was stopped by Emily Kelly to keep the match scoreless.
  • After a couple Miami chances didn't result in anything, the Bulls broke through with the first goal of the match in the 13th minute. The Bulls drew a foul and on the ensuing free kick, Tess Ford sent a perfect ball into the box where Kaitlyn Walsh headed home her sixth goal of the season to give UB the 1-0 lead.
  • Miami had a scoring chance in the 27th minute of the match but Emily Kelly came up with a strong stop on Jordan King to preserve the 1-0 lead for Buffalo.
  • In the 30th minute, Gurjeena Jandu sent a corner kick into a dangerous spot where Gianna Yurchak gathered the ball but her shot just went wide of the RedHawks goal.
  • A couple minutes later, Gurjeena Jandu pushed the tempo and was able to take a shot that went just over the cross bar and out of play.
  • Gianna Yurchak had another scoring chance in the 37th minute of play but her attempt was saved by Lauren Parker to keep the score 1-0 in favor of the Bulls.
  • UB continued to put the pressure on in the 40th minute as Mairead Martin took a shot that forced Lauren Parker to move and make a nice stop on.
  • Miami had the first scoring chance of the second half in the 50th minute as Olivia Winnett ripped a shot that was snagged by Emily Kelly.
  • In the 63rd minute, Marcy Barberic had her first scoring chance of the match but her attempt was saved by Lauren Parker to keep it 1-0 in favor of UB.
  • The Buffalo defense came up with a big stop in the 68th minute of play as the RedHawks sent a corner into the box where Desiree Grubbs had her shot blocked and Lyda Bogdanovich saw her attempt saved by Emily Kelly.
  • Katherine Camper had a shot in the 69th minute that went wide of the Miami goal.
  • The RedHawks countered quickly in the 70th minute and took a shot on goal that was grabbed by Emily Kelly for her fifth save of the match.
  • Annie Judasz tried adding to the lead for UB in the 77th minute but her attempt was saved once again by the Miami keeper.
  • The Buffalo defense held the RedHawks without a shot over the final 13 minutes to claim the win.
Inside The Numbers
  • Associate head coach Casey Derkacz earned the win on the sidelines for the Bulls as he was acting head coach for the match.
  • The win gives Buffalo 10 victories on the year, most in a season since winning 11 matches during the 2015 campaign.
  • With the win, UB improves to 5-3-0 on the road this season which is tied for the most road wins in a season since 1999.
  • UB is now 4-3-0 in MAC play on the year as they have won at least four MAC matches in each season under head coach Shawn Burke.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Emily Kelly notched her 10th win of the season and her sixth clean sheet. She now ranks third in program history for wins in a season and sixth in program history for shutouts in a season.
  • Sophomore Kaitlyn Walsh netted her career-high sixth goal of the season in the win. She now has set a career-high with 14 points through just 11 matches played this season.
  • Freshman center back Tess Ford notched her second assist of the season on Walsh's game-winner. She has posted three goals, two assists and eight points on the season.
  • For the match, Miami held the slim 10-9 edge in shots while UB held the dominant 5-1 edge in corner kicks in the win.
  • Gianna Yurchak led all UB players with three shots while six other Bulls notched one shot in the win.
  • Emily Kelly made five saves in her sixth clean sheet of the season while her counterpart Lauren Parker made four stops in the loss.
Quote-A-BULL
  • Associate Head Coach Casey Derkacz: "I'm happy for this group to return to their winning ways. Conditions made the game very challenging from the beginning, but I think this group adapted brilliantly. We know winning isn't easy in the MAC and to pick up three points from this game is a huge boost to the confidence of this group."
Player of the Match
Following the match, the UB coaching staff selected Gianna Yurchak as the Player of the Match after her impressive performance in the 1-0 win over Miami. Yurchak led UB with three shots in the win.
NEXT UP
The Bulls will stay on the road for their final match away from UB Stadium on Sunday as they head to Muncie, IN to take on the Ball State Cardinals at 2:00 pm.