Araujo’s Penalty Kick Enough for Men's Soccer to Outlast Eastern Connecticut

Araujo’s Penalty Kick Enough for Men's Soccer to Outlast Eastern Connecticut

DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team posted its second-consecutive Little East Conference victory, with Fabio Araujo (Fogo, Cape Verde) converting on a second-half penalty kick to escape with the 1-0 decision over Eastern Connecticut.

The Basics

Score: UMass Dartmouth 1 | Eastern Connecticut 0
Records: UMass Dartmouth 2-3-0, 2-0-0 LEC | Eastern Connecticut 4-4-0, 0-2-0 LEC

How it Happened

In the first half of play, strong defenses from both sides and several saves from Corsair goalkeeper Danny Andrade (New Bedford, Mass.) kept the score knotted at zero. Andrade turned away golden opportunities in the 10th and 31st minutes of the first half, making all-out efforts on both to turn away the Warriors attack.  

After the intermission break, neither team could separate with action being played in the middle of the field for the opening 15 minutes of the second half. 

With time winding-down in the contest, Araujo was taken down inside the box and awarded a penalty shot with 8:34 left in regulation. On his chance, the ball sailed off his right foot and to the right side of the net where it found its place past the outstretched gloves of Ryan Murphy (Cromwell, Conn.) for the 1-0 advantage.

The Warriors had a couple of corner kick opportunities in the remaining six minutes of play, but the defense of the Corsairs stood strong.

By the Numbers

  • Eastern Connecticut held a slight advantage on the shot chart by a 15-11 total.
  • UMass Dartmouth's Araujo and Elvis Mendes (Brockton, Mass.) finished with a team-high three shots apiece while the Warriors were led by Xavier Doran (Hebron, Conn.), who logged a game-high four shots.
  • The Warriors had 11 corner chances to the Corsairs six.
  • Andrade stood unbeaten in LEC action, evening his overall record to 2-1-0 in his complete game effort between the pipes.
  • The Corsairs improve their all-time record with Eastern Connecticut to 12-29-5 following the victory. 

Up Next

UMass Dartmouth concludes its home stand on Tuesday, welcoming Dean College to Cressy Field for a 7:00 P.M. contest. Eastern Connecticut is back in action the same day when it hosts Salem State in a non-conference bout.