Sept. 26, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team scored twice in the final 25 minutes and defeated visiting University of Massachusetts Boston, 3-2, in a Little East Conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday afternoon.
Senior defender Alex Bettencourt (New Bedford, MA) tied the game in the 66th minute for the Corsairs when he converted a pass from junior forward Giuliano Basile (East Longmeadow, MA). Then sophomore midfielder Kyle Lopes (Somerset, MA) scored his second consecutive game-winning goal, taking a pass from junior forward Jacob Borges (New Bedford, MA) that set him up alone in front of Beacon keeper. Lopes drilled home a low shot to break the tie.
Sophomore midfielder Alvin Qiriazi (Roslindale, MA) gave UMass Boston a 1-0 lead when he lobbed a shot over the head of the UMass Dartmouth keeper less than five minutes into the game. Sophomore midfielder Ebenezer Vicente (Praia, Cape Verde) tied it when he tapped in a header from Bettencourt after a corner kick in the 21st minute. Qirazi put the Beacons ahead again three minutes later when he picked up a loose ball inside the box and scored.
The Corsairs out shot the Beacons, 18-5. Freshman goalkeeper Kellen Rauch (Ashland, MA) and classmate Mike Phelan (Carver, MA) combined to make three saves for UMD, while senior goalie Domenick Persuitte (West Barnstable, MA) made eight for the Beacons.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 6-1-0 and 1-1-0 in the LEC with the victory, while UMass Boston dropped to 2-4-1 and 1-1-0 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Connecticut College Tuesday. The Beacons will visit Becker College on Wednesday, September 30 in Worcester, MA on 3:30 p.m.