Oct. 28, 2008
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA--The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team had a long night in heavy rains and whipping winds Tuesday, dropping a 3-0 non-conference decision at the hands of Bridgewater State College at Cressy Field.
Bridgewater scored its opening goal quickly on a Jose DePina (Boston, MA/Jeremiah E. Burke High) breakaway assisted by Matt Daniels (South Easton, MA/Oliver Ames High). The score held through the remainder of the first half, as both teams struggled to adapt to the inclement weather.
Bridgewater opened the game up in the second half, scoring a pair of goals. The first was scored by Daniels, who lofted a long floater from over 30 yards out. The ball hung in the air all the way into the top of the net, putting the Bears ahead 2-0 at 51:15. Daniels later put teammate Dan Roberts (Braintree, MA/Braintree High) in great position for the team's final goal, passing to Roberts up the right side allowing him to break away and score at the 71:45 mark.
Despite the lopsided score, the shots were close to even at 18-16 in favor of the Bears. Goalkeeper Ryan Siefert (Ludlow, MA/East Longmeadow High) posted the shutout for Bridgewater, making seven saves.
When asked about the adverse conditions, UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Henry Almeida refused to blame the loss on the weather, opting instead to praise Bridgewater's team play. "Bridgewater was well-focused and well-prepared. They were the better team tonight. They took it to us from the opening whistle."
For the Corsairs, it was a forgettable night. "I thought we were flat," said Almeida. "I didn't think it was because of the weather. It was a disappointing game."
Tuesday was also Senior Night at Cressy Field. UMass Dartmouth honored seniors Frank Giampa (Norwood, MA/Norwood High), Jason Bettencourt (Lowell, MA/Lowell High), Jesse Vezina (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS), Chris Bernardo (Raymond, NH/Peabody High), and Jacob Levesque (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth High) in a pregame ceremony.
Almeida recognized the cumulative career contributions of his seniors.
"I thank the seniors for their hard work and effort in their years at UMass Dartmouth," Almeida said. "They are great role models for the younger kids, and they will be successful in life beyond college."
UMD is now 7-9-1 and 2-3-1 in the Little East Conference, while Bridgewater State is 10-4-2. The Corsairs will wrap up the regular season when they visit Eastern Connecticut State Saturday, while the Bears will host Massachusetts Maritime Saturday in their own regular season finale.