NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Senior midfielder Bobby Ernst (Needham, MA/Needham HS) headed in a cross from sophomore midfielder Zachary Kraft (Tenafly, NJ/Bergen Catholic HS) with 3:13 remaining in sudden death overtime to lift visiting Salve Regina to a 1-0, double overtime victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's soccer team in a battle of unbeaten teams at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Wednesday.
Ernst goal ended a hard fought match between two of the teams ranked among the top 10 in New England.
The Corsairs held the Seahawks off for 70 minutes while playing a man short after junior midfielder Adam Philbin (Cumberland, RI/Cumberland HS/RIC/CCRI) was issued a red card in the 37th minute of play.
"The chips were stacked against us in the second half and in overtime, and they kept coming in waves," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Henry Almeida. "We held them off for quite a while, but they're a quality team, and they deserved to win. We hit the crossbar twice despite being down a man, and we had a few opportunities, but we just couldn't finish. We got off to a choppy start, we were lucky it was 0-0 at halftime, but then we played better in the second half. We have to regroup and get ready for our conference match on Saturday."
SRU outshot the Corsairs, 13-8. Junior goalkeeper Mike Phelan (Carver, MA/Carver HS) made four saves for UMD, while freshman Daniel Stern (Kings Park, NY/Kings Park HS) made two stops for Salve Regina.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 5-1-0 with the defeat, while the Seahawks improved to 7-0-0 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Western Connecticut State Saturday. Salve Regina will host Western New England Saturday.
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