DARTMOUTH, Mass. – After Roger Williams tied the score at one midway through the first half, UMass Dartmouth erupted for the next three goals, pulling away to hand the Hawks a 4-1 defeat at Cressy Field on Wednesday evening.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 4, Roger Williams 1
Records: UMass Dartmouth (8-4-1) | Roger Williams (3-11-1)
How it Happened
Following several good looks by both squads to start the half, the Corsairs finally broke through first. In the 16th minute, senior Stephan Teixeira (Brockton, Mass.) unloaded on a shot from just outside the box, and Roger Williams keeper Nick Nelson (Madison, Conn.) made the initial save, but the ball bounced free, and UMass Dartmouth's Junior Monteiro (Santiago, Cape Verde) launched the counter, this time beating Nelson.
Less than 10 minutes later, Hawk junior Tyler Kuchenbecker (Wellesley, Mass.) was sprung free from the Corsair backline by a well-placed long ball from freshman Lucas Watt (Cumberland, Maine), and fired over UMass Dartmouth goalkeeper Danny Andrade (New Bedford, Mass.). Before half, UMass Dartmouth would then regain control, when a Haden Cordeiro (Dartmouth, Mass.) corner kick found the foot of Elvis Mendes (Brockton, Mass.), who deflected the ball past the Hawk defender into the bottom left corner.
The final two Corsair goals then came early in the second half, when Teixeira and junior Austin Dias (North Smithfield, R.I.) both found the back of the net when Nelson couldn't handle the spin, letting the ball between his legs.
Inside the Numbers
- Monteiro and Mendes both put in the first goals of their UMass Dartmouth careers on Wednesday, and Mendes notched his first career point.
- UMass Dartmouth snaps a four-game losing streak to Roger Williams, as the Corsairs last victory over the Hawks came on Oct. 4, 2011 in a 5-4 double overtime contest.
- Andrade collected three saves on the evening, as did Nelson, who split time in net with Edmund Geschickter (Brookline, Mass.).
- Teixeira has now registered at least one goal and one assist in three of the past four outings.
- Wednesday is the fifth game on the season thus far that the UMass Dartmouth offense has tabulated four or more goals.
The Corsairs will be on the road Saturday, returning to Little East Conference play at Southern Maine for a 1 p.m. start. Roger Williams will also return to league competition, traveling to Eastern Nazarene for a 3 p.m. game on the same day.