Sept. 11, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The UMass Dartmouth men's soccer team defeated visiting Fitchburg State, 5-0, in a non-conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.
The Corsairs out shot the Falcons 21-5, with UMass Dartmouth taking ten shots on goal while the Falcons managed three. Corsair freshmen forward Victor Ferreira (St. Michael, Portugal/New Bedford HS) netted four goals, all in the second half, en route to the shut out victory. "This was [Ferreira's] first opportunity in and it's pretty nice when he leads the team in goals and he did that in less than 35 minutes," said Corsairs head coach Henry Almeida.
The first half of the game featured aggressive play from both teams. The physical nature held both teams scoreless during the first half of play.
The first goal of the contest came when Ferreira took a pass from sophomore midfielder Anthony dos Santos (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) and fired a shot pass Falcons sophomore goalkeeper Even DeAmicis (Townsend, MA/North Middlesex HS), giving the Corsairs a 1-0 lead. The Corsairs found themselves with a free kick opportunity at the 26:59 mark of the second half. Freshmen defender Alex Machado (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) took the free kick and found the top corner of the goal, making it 2-0 in favor of UMass Dartmouth.
With 15:00 remaining in the game, dos Santos found an open Ferreira again, who blasted his second goal past DeAmicis, increasing the Corsairs lead to 3-0. Ferreira tallied his three goal when he found a loose ball in front of the net and banged it, padding the UMass Dartmouth lead to 4-0 with 10:43 left in the contest. Ferreira's final score came in the final thirty seconds, when he gathered a long kick from sophomore defender Paul Beaulieu (Carver, MA/Carver HS) and chipped the ball over the head of DeAmicis, securing the 5-0 win for the Corsairs. "At this point, we are trying to piece the team together and find the right combinations," said Almeida
The Corsairs improved to 3-0 with the victory, while the Falcons fell to 0-4 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Salem State Wednesday evening, while Fitchburg State will host UMass Boston Thursday. "It's our first away game so we are excited about that, Salem State is always a great opponent and we have a lot of respect for them," said Almeida.
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