WORCESTER, Mass. – Lancer senior Matthew Dent (Ludlow, Mass.) facilitated the Worcester State offense in their 2-0 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team on Thursday night at Coughlin Field.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 0, Worcester State 2
Records: UMass Dartmouth (3-8-1, 2-3-0 LEC) | Worcester State (8-6-0, 3-2-0 MASCAC)
How It Happened
Less than four minutes in, Dent sent a long throw-in to the 18-yard box from in front of the Corsair bench. After a shot taken by midfielder Etjon Rapi (Worcester, Mass.) was blocked by the UMass Dartmouth defense, the deflection trickled towards Obed Boateng (Worcester, Mass.), who blasted a goal just past the outstretched dive of keeper Danny Andrade (New Bedford, Mass.) to give the Lancers an early 1-0 lead.
In the final minutes of the half, UMass Dartmouth's best chance at an equalizer was off a corner taken by Haden Cordeiro (Dartmouth, Mass.). His pass connected with Junior Robert (Providence, R.I.) near the right post at the six-yard box, but a leaping Jason Barrett (Spencer, Mass.) robbed Robert's bid at getting the Corsairs on the scoreboard.
After each squad alternated possession during the initial portion of the second half, the visitors again tried to tie the match in the 71st minute off of another Cordeiro corner kick, but junior Joao Correia's (Coimbra, Portugal) header missed just inches wide of the post. The Lancers quickly turned the tables and came close to roaring down field, but an aggressive stop by Corsair defender Akere Tambi (Bamenda, Cameroon) at midfield kept Worcester from potentially doubling their lead.
For the second time on the evening, Dent again launched a deep throw-in, this time from nearby the corner flag. Following multiple blocked shots, Bryan Brasil (Williamsburg, Mass.) beat the newly substituted goalkeeper Ryan Vieira (Rochester, Mass.) for a 2-0 Lancer advantage.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth held the edge in corner kicks, 6-2.
- Worcester State outshot the visitors 17-11 on the contest, with Robert leading the Corsairs at three shots, two on goal.
- Freshman Vieira made his college debut, subbing in for Andrade at halftime. Both registered two saves, respectively, for UMass Dartmouth's total of four.
The Corsairs will return home for Senior Day to take on LEC opponent Southern Maine on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.