Oct. 15, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Sophomore forward Victor Ferreira (St. Michael, Portugal/New Bedford HS) scored twice as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team defeated visiting Southern Maine, 5-0, in a Little East Conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.
Junior defender Brady Paradis (Tiverton, RI/Providence Country Day HS) gave the Corsairs a lead they never relinquished just 3:30 into the first half. Paradis converted off a pass from freshman forward Nick Gontijo (Hudson, MA/Hudson HS), giving UMD a 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later, Ferreira fired home his first goal of the game, off a pass from Gontijo. In the 36th minute, sophomore midfielder Kyle Duarte (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) scored when his shot ricocheted off a Husky defender and into the upper corner of the goal, staking UMD to a 3-0 lead going into halftime.
With 39:07 to play in the second half, UMD freshman defender Jacinto Centeio (Boston, MA/Madison Park HS) pushed the Corsairs advantage to 4-0 when he converted a pass from Duarte and beat Huskies freshman goalkeeper Alex Charette (Fort Kent, ME/Fort Kent HS). UMass Dartmouth's final goal came from Ferreira off a pass from Centeio in the 57th minute, securing the 5-0 victory for the Corsairs.
"It's a big win for us," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Henry Almeida. "Every conference game is a big game. With other results today, this win put us in second place in the conference. We've been lacking the ability to sustain our play for a 90-minute period, but when we can do that, it speaks volumes of our current play, which for us is really good right now. Our midfield play helped control the game for us, and our front line was able to take advantage of the opportunities we had. We have four games left, the next three are on the road, but all we're worried about is Worcester State on Tuesday and coming out ready to play them."
The Corsairs outshot the Huskies, 26-4. Junior goalkeeper Mike Phelan (Carver, MA/Carver HS) was credited with one save for UMD, while Charette made seven stops and freshman goalie Ian Dollen-Oliveto (Omaha, NE/Creighton Prep) stopped four shots for Southern Maine.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 9-4-1 and 4-1-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Southern Maine dropped to 3-11-0 and 2-3-0 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Worcester State Tuesday evening. The Huskies will visit Bates Wednesday . UMASS DARTMOUTH SOCCER