Sophomore Alex Machado
KEENE, NH-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team lost to host Keene State, 4-2, in a Little East Conference match at the Owl Sports Complex Saturday.
In the 10th minute of play, sophomore forward Scott Douglas (East Greenwich, RI/East Greewich HS) gave Keene State a 1-0 lead when he controlled a pass from senior forward Cam Blair (Keene, NH/Keene HS) and beat UMD junior goalie Mike Phelan (Carver, MA/Carver HS) to the far post. Just 44 seconds later, UMD sophomore defender Alex Machado (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) pulled the Corsairs even when his free kick attempt deflected off a Keene State defender and into the back of the net. Douglas regained the lead for Keene State with his second goal of the day in the 25th minute. Less than a minute later, Douglas netted a hat trick when he controlled a lead pass from freshman midfielder Brett Sullivan (Barrington, RI/Barrington HS) and dribbled past Phelan and finished, giving KSC a 3-1 advantage.
The Owls pushed their lead to 4-1 when junior defender Danny Silverman (Maynard, MA/Middlesex School) fired a one-timer, off a header by junior forward Joe Senecal (Manchaug, MA/Sutton HS), past Phelan with 40:21 to play in the second half. The Corsairs added their final goal in the 65th minute when freshman forward Elton Borges (Praia, Cape Verde/Burke HS) redirected an effort by sophomore midfielder Kyle Duarte (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) past Owls sophomore goalie Malcom Cheney (Hopkington, MA/Hopkington HS), en route to the 4-2 loss for UMD.
"We picked the wrong time to go on a little bit of a slide," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Henry Almeida. "We came out flat in the first half, and let them dictate the pace of the match. We had some opportunities late in the match, but, unfortunately, we couldn't capitalize on those opportunities."
UMass Dartmouth out shot Keene State, 25-21. Phelan made eight saves for UMD, while Cheney stopped five shots for KSC.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 9-6-1 and 3-2-1 in the Little East Conference with the loss, while Keene State improved to 9-6-1 and 4-2 with the win. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Bridgewater State Tuesday.