Sept. 7, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The UMass Dartmouth men's soccer team defeated visiting Mount Ida, 4-0, in a non-conference match at Cressy Field Tuesday evening.
The Corsairs out shot the Mustangs 18-7, with UMass Dartmouth taking ten shots on goal while the Mustangs managed five. Corsair senior co-captain Mike Alves (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) netted a pair of goals and assisted another during the contest.
The Mustangs were aggressive early, creating a scoring opportunity after Mustang senior defender Hermes Lima (Boston, MA/West Roxbury HS) knocked down a clearing attempt by Corsair sophomore goalkeeper Kellen Rauch (Ashland, MA/Ashland HS) in front of the goal. Lima fired a quick shot, which was deflected by Rauch, then gathered the rebound for a second shot only to be denied again. With 29:15 remaining in the first half, Alves found the corner of the goal from the left side, giving UMass Dartmouth a 1-0 advantage. As the clock wound under eight minutes left in the first half, Lima snuck past defenders and fired a shot towards the upper right corner, but Rauch was able to get a hand on the ball sending it over the net to preserve the 1-0 lead going into halftime.
The Corsairs opened the second half with by scoring two quick goals. "We weren't possessing the ball [in the first half], we needed to calm down and relax and the goals would come," said UMass Dartmouth assistant coach Brian Medeiros. With 43:58 on the clock, freshmen Kyle Duarte (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) laid a pass across to a streaking Alves, who put the ball in the back of the goal, providing the Corsairs with a 2-0 lead. Fifteen seconds later, Alves penetrated the defense and found sophomore Fouad Shahin (Topsfield, MA/Masconomet (Stonehill)) on the wing and he tapped it past Mount Ida junior goalie Steven Enright (South Kingston, RI/Prout), increasing the UMass Dartmouth lead to 3-0 in the second half.
"It was good for [Alves], get his confidence up because we need him to start of the season right," said Medeiros.
The Corsairs final score of the evening came from sophomore defensemen Brady Paradis (Tiverton, RI/Providence Country Day), who launched a shot from over 80 feet from the goal that caught Enright off guard, solidifying the 4-0 win for UMass Dartmouth. "We are taking one game at a time, the game against Fitchburg will be a good test," said Medeiros.
The Corsairs improved to 2-0 with the victory, while the Mustangs fell to 0-3 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Fitchburg State Saturday, while Mount Ida will visit Lasell Saturday.
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