Vidal's Six Points Paces Explosive Men's Soccer Past Suffolk, 6-5

Vidal's Six Points Paces Explosive Men's Soccer Past Suffolk,  6-5

BOSTON, Mass. – The UMass Dartmouth offense, powered by senior Matt Vidal (New Bedford, Mass.) and his six points, consistently responded to Suffolk's counter-attacks on Sunday, prevailing 6-5 over the Rams to rise to 2-0 on the season.

The Basics

Score: UMass Dartmouth 6, Suffolk University 5
UMass Dartmouth (2-0-0) | Suffolk University (0-2-0)

How it Happened

Junior Austin Dias (Smithfield, R.I.) got the scoring started once again for visiting UMass Dartmouth in the 16th minute, as he took the pass from Vidal and found the back of the net to give the Corsairs a quick 1-0 lead.

After a Suffolk goal to even the match at one, Vidal struck twice in a matter of four minutes to extend the led to 3-1 before the 33rd minute of play.

In the 44th minute, sophomore Cody Woods (Londonderry, N.H.) potted his first collegiate goal after he received the pass from Vidal. As a result, the Corsairs headed into the locker room with a commanding 4-1 lead.

The Rams would not go quietly though, and came out of the halftime break on fire, scoring the game's next three goals to eventually tie up the game at 4-4 in the 78th minute.

Just 90 seconds later, senior Stephan Teixeira (Brockton, Mass.) scored to regain the lead, and sophomore John Correia (Peabody, Mass.) added his second goal of the season to give the Corsairs a 6-4 advantage with six minutes remaining. The Rams' would add one more goal in the final seconds, but the late spurt by the Corsairs was enough to pull out the win. 

Inside the Numbers

  •  Senior Luis Carranza (New Bedford, Mass.) tallied his second victory on the season after making a pair of saves.
  •  Suffolk sophomore Kyle Van Cleef set a career-high in saves with 10 on the afternoon, but eventually took the loss.
  • The Corsairs outshot the Rams 22-10 for the contest.
  •  Vidal's pair of goals and assists matches a career high in points, which he previously set back in 2014 against Salem State.
  •  Sunday's six scores are the most that UMass Dartmouth has scored since their 2014 matchup against the Rams, when they scored seven times.
  •  Suffolk senior Alberto Bittan (Venezuela) completed a hat trick with 17 seconds left in regulation, upping his season total to five goals in just two games.

Up Next

The Corsairs will open their home schedule as they host Fitchburg State on Wednesday at 7 p.m.