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Massachusetts Minutemen Soccer


October 1, 2011
UMass wins first over ranked team since 08

AMHERST, Mass. - Brett Canepa scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute as UMass defeated the No. 19 Bradley Braves on Saturday afternoon at Rudd Field.

It marked the first win over a ranked opponent for UMass since defeating No. 10 Saint Louis 2-1 on Nov. 7, 2008 at Rudd Field.

The Minutemen improved to 2-8. Bradley falls to 6-2-2.

UMass jumped on the scoreboard just before halftime as Andrew Henshaw bent a 30-yard free kick past Bradley keeper Brian Billings (3 saves) in the 39th minute.

Bradley tied things up in the 74th minute when defender Marcus Schademann made a deep run and served in a cross from the right flank. Senior forward Christian Meza was on the other end of the service for a tying header.

Canepa's second career goal proved the game-winner in the 85th minute. After David Key fired a shot which was saved by Billings, Canepa put home the rebound for the 2-1 lead.

The goal was not without controversy, however as Bradley was left scrambling a man short after a substitution and a throw in.

Shane Curran-Hays made seven saves for UMass.

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