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Robert Morris women remain unbeaten after playing UMass to 1-1 draw

from Robert Morris University Athletics report

Closing out a four-game homestand, the Robert Morris University women’s soccer team played to a 1-1 draw against the University of Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon at the North Athletic Complex.

With the tie, the Colonials stand at 2-0-2 overall, while the Minutewomen move to 1-2-1 this season. Robert Morris has played in its second-straight contest ending in a tie this season.

“I was pleased with our result today. UMass is a talented team and made things hard on us,” Head coach Chris Shaw said. “However, I thought our team executed the game plan and showed a lot of fight and determination. This was definitely a game that this young group of players can build on.”

In the first half, freshman Renae Mohrbacher saw her shot sail right of the post in the 6′ before the Minutewomen fired three shots on goal, all saved by redshirt senior keeper Isabella Bohlen. UMass continued to be aggressive as they tallied three shots and two corner kicks over the next 16′.

The Colonials were able to strike first in the 36′ as freshman Paloma Swankler delivered a pass to junior Haleigh Finale to the top right corner of the box, where her shot deflected off a UMass defender and into the right side of the net, to give Robert Morris a 1-0 lead. The Minutewomen responded just two minutes later. After a corner kick, Maya Masotti was able to head it back down towards Ella Curry where she fired a shot to the right side of the net, to tie the game before half, 1-1.

With some aggressive play consistently through the second half, UMass held a 6-2 shot advantage, one of them being placed on goal.

Bohlen collected a season-high six saves on 13 shots faced while playing all 90 minutes of action on Sunday.

36′ – Finale, Assist: Swankler
38′ – Curry, Assist: Masotti

Finale scored her team-leading second goal of the season, while also leading the team with five points … Swankler recoded her first collegiate assist … Bohlen set season-high with six saves … UMass finished with a 12-5 shot advantage including 7-2 edge in shots on goal … The Minutewomen held an 8-1 lead in corner kicks … RMU concluded its four-game homestand.

Robert Morris hits the road for the first time this season on Thursday, September 1 when it travels to Washington, D.C. to face Howard at 7 p.m.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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