NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team scored three unanswered goals and junior Luis Carranza (New Bedford, Mass.) recorded a career-high 12 saves to lead the Corsairs to a 3-1 victory over MCLA this afternoon in the opening round of the CIAO Classic at Shewcraft Field.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 2-0 on the young season, while the Trailblazers are still searching for their first win of the campaign (0-2-1).
Junior Matt Vidal (New Bedford, Mass.) led the Corsair offensive attack with three points, on a goal and an assist, while junior Akere Tambi (Bamenda, Cameroon) and senior Corey Morris (Freehold, N.J.) each registered their first markers of the campaign.
Carranza reached double digits in saves for the first time in his career. The junior from New Bedford, Mass. was under constant pressure over the final 45 minutes of action, but stood up to the test by stopping all nine attempts he faced.
Trailing 1-0 just five minutes into the contest, UMass Dartmouth scored a pair of goals five minutes apart to take a lead they would never relinquish. Vidal netted the equalizer in the 27th minute, while setting up Tambi for the eventual game-winner in the 32nd minute.
Despite the pitch being tilted in MCLA's favor throughout the second stanza, the Corsairs sealed the victory with an insurance marker by Morris in the 84th minute.
UMass Dartmouth held a 21-19 advantage in shots and an 11-7 lead in corner kicks.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action tomorrow at noon, when the Corsairs face Union College (N.Y.) in the final round of the CIAO Classic.