Nov. 5, 2010
KEENE, NH-Host Keene State scored twice in the first 11 minutes and held to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's soccer team, 2-1, in a Little East Conference semi-final playoff match at the Owl Sports Complex Friday evening. The match marked the second time in three days that the te3ams met in playoff action. Keene State won Wednesday evening, 2-1, but the match was ordered to be replayed.
Freshman forward Victor Ferreira (St. Michael, Portugal/New Bedford HS) scored the Corsairs' goal, heading in a pass from junior defender Chaz Dupuis (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) with 1:23 left in the first half.
Luke Sisco gave the Owls their early lead. He headed in a pass from Preston Ingram 4:06 into the match, then scored unassisted at 10:38.
"We knew they would come out with passion and desire, and we didn't play well in the first half," said UMass Dartmouth Assistant Coach Alex Bettencourt. "Still, it was 2-1 at halftime, the goal that Victor scored pumped us up. We were just flat tonight."
The Owls outshot the Corsairs, 22-4. Sophomore goalkeeper Kellen Rauch (Ashland, MA/Ashland HS) made seven saves, and sophomore keeper Jon Doucette (Boxford, MA/Masconomet HS) made one. Paul Blackmer made one save for Keene State.
"For a rebuilding year, going to the semi-finals is not a bad showing," said Bettencourt. "We want to thank the seniors, Mike Alves (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS), Andrew Eggleston (Belchertown, MA/Belchertown HS), Kyle Estrella (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS/RIC), and Thomas Uibel (Pforzheim, Germany/Freiburg University) for all their efforts."
The Corsairs dropped to 10-6-2 with the defeat, while the Owls improved to 13-4-2 with the victory. Keene State will host Rhode Island College in the LEC championship match Sunday. The match was the final action of the season for UMass Dartmouth.
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