Men's Soccer Drops Heartbreaker To Keene State, 1-0 In OT

Men's Soccer Drops Heartbreaker To Keene State, 1-0 In OT

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's soccer team fell 1-0 in overtime to visiting Keene State in a Little East Conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.

The matchup between two of the top teams in the Little East Conference lived up to its hype as the Owls and Corsairs played a physical contest.

Both teams traded scoring opportunities throughout the first and second half, but neither was able to capitalize in regulation time.

Senior midfielder Kyle Leavitt (Plymouth, MA/Worcester Prep) broke the scoreless tie just 22 seconds into overtime as he found the back of the net for the second time this season off a pass from freshman midfielder Eddie Mercer (South Hadley, MA/South Hadley HS).

"We respect Keene State and we expected a hard fought, physical contest between the first and third place teams in the conference," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Henry Almeida. "It's unfortunate for us to play as well as we did and not get a win. We had opportunities; we just were not able to capitalize on them. It's tough after such a tight game to have them come right down after the opening whistle in overtime and score. From here we know what to work on, and we will move forward."

The Corsairs outshot the Owls, 12-8. UMD senior goalkeeper Mike Phelan (Carver, MA/Carver HS) and junior goalkeeper Malcolm Cheney (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) each made five saves.

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 11-4-0 and 5-1-0 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Owls improved to 9-6-1 and 4-1-1 in LEC play with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Bridgewater State Tuesday evening. Keene State will host Rensselaer Wednesday.