NEWPORT, R.I. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat this afternoon, defeating Salve Regina University 2-1 in overtime. The Corsairs scored the equalizer in the final seconds of regulation before adding the game-winner in the fourth minute of the extra session.
Facing a one-goal deficit with the final ticks about to run off the clock, junior Matt Vidal (New Bedford, Mass.) registered an unassisted tally to force the extra session. It was his second goal of the season.
UMass Dartmouth rode the tidal wave of momentum into the first 10-minute session, but only needed three minutes, 38 seconds to win for the third time in the past four matches. Junior Brendan Vasconceios (Rehoboth, Mass.) sealed the comeback victory with his first intercollegiate marker.
Seahawk junior Nolan Brady (Needham, Mass.) snapped a scoreless tie in the 67th minute, converting a feed from classmate Matthew Swartz (Endwell, N.Y.). It appeared that Brady's strike would hold up until Vidal's late-game heroics.
Freshman JP Rosa (Boston, Mass.) registered six saves to earn his first collegiate victory, while his counterpart, classmate Michael Payan (Fort Lee, N.J.), collected a game-high eight stops.
The Corsairs held a 20-15 advantage in shots, while each team earned five corner kick opportunities.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, when the Corsairs travel to Western Connecticut State University to start their Little East Conference schedule.