Nov. 3, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-For the first time in seven years, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team will participate in the Little East Conference playoffs when they visit Keene State in an LEC semi-final match Wednesday evening. Game time is 6:00 p.m. at the Owl Athletic Complex.
The Corsairs enter the playoffs with a 9-6-2 overall mark, and they finished fourth in the Little East Conference standings with a 3-3-1 record. Keene State was 13-6 overall and went 6-1 in the LEC, tying for first place and earning the top seed by virtue of the tie-breaker.
"It came down to the last game, and it was a little nerve-wracking, but we worked hard, we had some quality matches, and we're happy to be where we are," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Henry Almeida. "We went into the season with modest expectations and we had a lot of new players, and we didn't know exactly how it was all going to work out, but it's good to be in."
The Corsairs were the only LEC team to defeat the Owls, winning, 1-0 on October 10th at Keene. "I think it's a double-edged sword for them," said Almeida. "Playing the only team that beat them might be a little big of a concern, but they will be trying to avenge that loss. Keene State is a quality opponent, they didn't finish first by luck, but having gone up there and had a good re4sult, it bodes well for us, confidence-wise."
In order to succeed, UMass Dartmouth will have to play well. "It will have to be a total team effort," said Almeida. "As a team, we have to play great team defense, stay mistake-free, and capitalize on any opportunities that they give us. Instead of sitting back, we have to try to create opportunities. We're tgoing in as the underdog, and we have to try to put pressure on them and get an early goal."
If the Corsairs win, they will visit the winner of the game between Eastern Connecticut State and Rhode Island College Saturday in the conference finals. If KSC wins, they will host the conference championship match Saturday.
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