Sept. 12, 2009
FITCHBURG, MA-Senior defender Alex Bettencourt (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) scored with 26 seconds remaining in regulation time and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team rallied for a 3-2 victory over host Fitchburg State in a non-conference match at the Elliot Athletic Complex Saturday.
Bettencourt converted a pass from sophomore midfielder Ebenezer Vicente (Praia, Cape Verde//Massasoit CC) and scored his second goal of the game to break a 2-2 tie. Vicente picked up a loose ball following a throw-in, and fed Bettencourt, who scored the game-winner from eight yards out.
The goal came 64 seconds after the Falcons had tied the game when Trevor Higgins headed home a free kick from Jonathan Diaz-Atto.
Bettencourt put UMD ahead, 1-0, when he converted a pass from senior midfielder Jarred Goldstein (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS/UMass Lowell) in the 14th minute. Danny Bolam equalized for FSC in the 21st minute when he scored unassisted off a corner kick.
Goldstein gave the Corsairs a 2-1 advantage when he converted a pass from Vicente in the 82nd minute.
"Fitchburg is a talented team, and we knew it was going to be a tough game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Henry Almeida. "We started out well, they came back on us and they got a free kick and they got a looping ball that was headed into the net. But we never gave up, Ebenezer picked up a ball off a throw-in and made a nice pass to Alex. Any win is a good win, and good teams need to win ugly games, and that's what I felt we did today. We worked hard and deserved to win."
The Corsairs out shot the Falcons, 26-17. FSC goalkeeper Matt Carey made nine saves, while freshmen Kellen Rauch (Ashland, MA/Ashland HS) and Jon Doucette (Boxford, MA/Masconomet HS), who split time for UMD, combined for nine saves. Rauch, who played the second half, stopped a penalty kick awarded to FSC' Kevin Mascary to keep the Corsairs in front. "Kellen made a good save," said Almeida. "The guy shot it low and he made a kick save and cleared the ball away so there was no rebound."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 3-0 with the victory, while Fitchburg State dropped to 1-3 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Salem State Wednesday evening.
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