Early Lead Holds as Men's Soccer Fends Off Framingham State

Early Lead Holds as Men's Soccer Fends Off Framingham State

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Led by a goal and an assist from junior Austin Dias (Smithfield, R.I.), the UMass Dartmouth men's soccer team opened the 2016 campaign with at 3-2 victory against Framingham State at Maple St. Field on Thursday.

The Basics

Score: UMass Dartmouth 3, Framingham State 2
UMass Dartmouth (1-0-0) | Framingham State (0-1-0) 

How it Happened

UMass Dartmouth saw quality early chances, but didn't get on the board until the 22:16 mark when senior Akere Tambi (Bamenda, Cameroon) corralled the corner kick from junior Haden Cordeiro (Dartmouth, Mass.) and sent it across the goal mouth to sophomore John Correia (Peabody, Mass.), who found the back of the net by redirecting the ball. 

In the 40th minute, Dias cleaned up a rebound off a Correia shot, and put slipped it past the sprawled out Rams' keeper to extend the UMass Dartmouth lead.

The Rams cut the Corsair advantage in half right from the start of the second stanza, when freshman Razak Boateng buried the first goal for Framingham State at the 47-minute mark. 

Senior Matt Vidal (New Bedford, Mass.) would get his point on the day in the 52nd minute, capitalizing on the quick throw-in from Dias to score the 20th goal on his career as a Corsair. 

Framingham State would once again cut into the lead in the 59th minute. Freshman Bryan Reis collected the goal, while senior Mitch Osgood tallied the assist. 

With only six minutes remaining, Boateng had the best shot to tie the game up, with a free kick only 30 yards out, but sailed it above the crossbar.

Inside the Numbers

  • The Corsairs doubled up the Rams in shots, outshooting the home team 16-8.
  • Senior Luis Carranza (New Bedford, Mass.) collected the victory for the Corsairs without needing to make a save
  • Senior Josh Arno took the loss for the Rams, despite registering a pair of saves on the afternoon.

Up Next

The Corsairs travel to Boston to meet Suffolk on Sunday for a 1 p.m. start time.