DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Southern Maine and UMass Dartmouth each settled for a point in the Little East Conference men’s soccer standings as the 110 minutes would not be enough for either side to seize a score at Cressy Field on Saturday afternoon.
The league tilt got off to a scorekeeper’s dream as the whistle was left untouched for the first sixth (15’) of the game. UMass Dartmouth did put spectators on the edge of their seats first on sophomore Joe Morehead’s (Fairhaven, Mass.) hard shot on goal that was turned aside on the quick dive by Huskie keeper Charlie Mull (Portland, Me.). The midfielder’s attempt stood as the only one amongst both sides overall in the opening 45 minutes and finished with a game-high four by the final horn.
Morehead continued to be an offensive threat through the second half, putting two additional attempts on goal in the opening minutes. A wonderful pass by freshman Tailer Goncalves (Fall River, Mass.) to the left side of the box was met by Morehead perfectly, who lined up a left-footed shot but had it carom off the outside of the near post. Nine total shots, paced by seven from the hosts, would not amount to a go-ahead marker for either side in regulation, forcing overtime.
Hearts stopped in the 106th minute when Huskie junior Hany Ramadan (Portland, Me.) queued up a line-drive in stride from 25 yards out but the potential golden goal ball kissed the upper 90 where the cross bar and right post meet. Southern Maine thrice attempted to take home the victory but had each boot blocked, allowing Corsair keeper Jacob Castro (Swansea, Mass.) to make aggressive decisions off his line and corral loose chances.
UMass Dartmouth remains home for non-conference action against Bridgewater State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Southern Maine will simultaneously delve into interleague play, battling the Monks of Saint Joseph’s College (Me.).
(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)
(Photo Credit: Rainier Almonte '20)