Nov. 4, 2009
KEENE, NHKEENE, NH- Sophomore midfielder Ebenezer Vicente (Praia, Cape Verde/Massasoit CC) scored six and a half minutes into sudden death overtime to give the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team a 2-1 victory over host Keene State in a Little East Conference semi-final playoff match at the Owl Sports Complex Thursday evening.
Vicente's looping shot from just outside the penalty area dipped and went into the net behind Keene State goalkeeper Peter Kersker to end the match and give the fourth-seeded Corsairs their second victory in as many tries this season against the top-seeded Owls.
The game was scoreless through most of the first half. Keene State took a 1-0 lead when Jon Fothergill converted a pass from Rob Musto in the 38th minute. Junior midfielder Jason Couto (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS/Bristol CC) evened the score when he converted a pass from senior midfielder Jarred Goldstein (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS/UMass Lowell) in the box in the 57th minute.
The Corsairs had a chance to take the lead in the second half when the Owls were whistled for a foul in the penalty area with 12 minutes remaining. UMD was awarded a penalty kick, and Goldstein's shot was stopped by KSC goalkeeper Peter Kersker.
"On Jay's goal, he got just enough of it to bend it around the goalkeeper," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Henry Almeida. "Ebenezer hit a perfect shot; it hit the bottom of the crossbar and dropped in."
The Corsairs became the only team to beat the Owls twice, both at Keene, "It was a great result for us, but this game was different from the last time we played them," said Almeida. "We got down early, we had nothing to lose, we pushed guys forward, and we took control. We got a PK with 12 minutes left, but their goalkeeper made a fantastic save. He saved them three or four times. We had an outstanding effort from our defenders, (senior) Ronnie Beaudoin (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS), (junior) Andrew Eggleston (Belchertown, MA/Belchertown HS) and (freshman) Brady Paradis (Tiverton, RI/Providence Country Day)."
The Corsairs out shot the Owls, 23-14, including an 18-7 margin in the second half. Freshman goalkeeper Mike Phelan (Carver, MA/Carver HS) made three saves for UMD, while Kersker made eight for Keene State.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 10-6-2 with the victory, while Keene State dropped to 13-7 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut State, a 2-0 victor over Rhode Island College Saturday in the LEC Finals.
"We're really happy for the program, and the seniors, who came in as freshmen when I came in as an assistant," said Almeida. "To come up here twice and win is something."
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