Oct. 8, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team defeated visiting UMass Boston, 2-1, in their Little East Conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.
UMass Dartmouth put the first tally on the scoreboard in the 23rd minute when freshman forward Elton Borges (Praia, Cape Verde/Burke HS) converted on a give-and-go with fellow freshman Nick Gontijo (Hudson, MA/Hudson HS) to give the Corsairs a 1-0 lead. The goal was Borges' fifth of the season.
With 24:10 to play in the second half, the Beacons evened the game at 1-1. UMB senior forward Dan Purchia (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) headed home a pass from junior midfielder Brian Sanz (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/Framingham HS) for his first goal of the season. The decisive goal for UMD came in the 73rd minute when junior defender Brady Paradis fired a shot past Beacons junior goalie Brycen Dowd (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield HS) off a pass by Borges, securing the 2-1 victory for UMass Dartmouth.
"We were fortunate today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Henry Almeida. "We didn't play well as a unit, we made uncharacteristic mistakes and we need to tighten things up because this won't get it done in the playoffs. We have a tendency to play to our opponents, if our opponent plays well, we play well and that's something we need to break out of. We need to play our style of soccer consistently. We know we can't play well every match, like today, but we still found a way to win and that's a mark of a good team. We are looking forward to Tufts (Tuesday), they're another very good team and we're excited to see how we can do with the opportunity to play them."
The Beacons outshot the Corsairs, 17-14. Junior goalkeeper Mike Phelan (Carver, MA/Carver HS) was credited with seven saves for UMD, while Dowd made eight for UMB.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 7-3-1 and 2-1-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while UMass Boston dropped to 7-4-0 and 1-2-0 in LEC play with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Tufts Tuesday. The Beacons will host Emerson next Wednesday.
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