Macaroco, Vidal Lead Corsairs Past Rams

Macaroco, Vidal Lead Corsairs Past Rams

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior JB Macaroco (New Bedford, Mass.) netted a pair of goals to power the men's soccer team to a 4-0 victory over visiting Framingham State University this afternoon on Cressy Field. The Corsairs captured their home opener to even their overall record at 2-2.

Macaroco and sophomore Matt Vidal (New Bedford, Mass.) each registered four points to pace the UMass Dartmouth attack. Vidal set up the second and third Corsair goals before netting an unassisted marker to cap the scoring. Senior Alex Machado (New Bedford, Mass.) tallied three points on a goal and an assist.

UMass Dartmouth cracked the scoring column in the 26th minute, when Machado sent a pass to the right flank. Macaroco laced a frozen rope towards the far, left post that deflected into the net to give the hosts a lead they would not relinquish.

The Corsairs raised their offensive pressure in the second stanza, compiling 12 of their 20 shots on the afternoon. In the 58th minute, Vidal delivered a corner kick from the right flag that was headed into the back of the net by Machado. Less than 10 minutes later, the hosts utilized another set piece to extend their advantage. Once again, Vidal was the catalyst, serving a free kick into the 18-yard box that Macaroco elevated over a Ram defender and headed off the cross bar and behind the goal line.

UMass Dartmouth sealed the victory with an insurance marker in the 84th minute, when Vidal broke in behind the Framingham backfield and deposited his third marker of the season inside the left post.

The Corsairs defensive third registered its first shutout of the season, limiting the Rams to just three shots on net. Sophomore goalkeeper Luis Carranza (New Bedford, Mass.) earned the victory, making three stops in the first 67 minutes of the contest. Classmate Andrew Deane (Woburn, Mass.) played the remainder of the game without having to make a stop.

Sophomore Jacob Nichols (Sturbridge, Mass.) turned aside five of the eight attempts he faced. Classmate Chris Goodnow (Princeton, Mass.) made a pair of stops during the final 25 minutes, 38 seconds of action.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17, when the Corsairs host Salve Regina.