Oct. 30, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's soccer team defeated visiting Western Connecticut State, 3-1, in a Little East Conference match on Senior Day at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.
The Corsairs struck first at the 42:18 mark of the first half. Senior Thomas Uibel (Pforzheim, Germany/Freidburg Univ.) netted his third goal of the season off a pass by freshmen forward Victor Ferreira (St. Michael, Portugal/New Bedford HS), giving UMD an early 1-0 lead.
After fifteen minutes of back-and-forth play, the Colonials evened the score at 1-1 when WCSU senior midfielder Arash Taghavi (Silver Spring, MD/Silver Spring HS) scored unassisted, making the score 1-1 with 27:15 remaining in the first half. The score stayed at 1-1 going into the half.
With 19:52 left in the game, UMass Dartmouth broke the 1-1 tie. Senior midfielder Mike Alves (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) converted a pass from sophomore defender Brady Paradis (Tiverton, RI/Providence Country Day HS), putting the Corsairs on top 2-1. Less than three minutes later, the Corsairs added to the lead when freshmen defender Alex Machado (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) blasted a direct kick opportunity past WCSU freshmen goalkeeper Jack Holub (Sherman, CT/New Milford HS), increasing the Corsair lead to 3-1.
"[Machado] has a cannon and I don't think it's a secret in the league anymore, that was his third goal off a direct kick, he has the ability to place shots with power," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Henry Almeida. UMD defense continued to halt the offensive efforts of the Colonials the remainder of the half, securing the 3-1 victory.
"Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good," said Almeida. "We played well in spurts, we didn't put together a full 90 but fortunately it was enough today to get it done."
The Corsairs outshot the Colonials, 15-13. Sophomore goalkeeper Mike Phelan (Carver, MA/Carver HS) made nine saves for UMD, while Holub recorded seven for WCSU.
"We were in the same position as last year, we've done our part, we've done everything we can, we had one goal today and that was to beat Western," continued Almeida.
The Corsairs improved to 10-5-2 and 3-3-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Colonials fell to 3-12-1 and 1-6 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action at Keene State when the Little East Conference playoffs begin Wednesday. The match was the final action of the season for Western Connecticut.
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