NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Victor Ferreira (St. Michael, Portugal) scored a season-high five points, on two goals and an assist, to fuel the Corsairs 6-0 victory over visiting Massachusetts Maritime Academy this evening in non-conference men's soccer action at Cressy Field.
The UMass Dartmouth (7-3) offensive attack has been firing on all cylinders the past two matches, outscoring its opponents 11-0. The Corsairs produced a season-high six markers this evening, putting an additional goal between their previous high-water mark (Daniel Webster, Southern Maine).
Ferreira recorded multiple markers for the second time on the campaign to lead the hosts. Junior Josh Chao (New Bedford, Mass.) and freshman Alex Sarkis (Walpole, Mass.) each registered a goal and an assist, while sophomore Aelaf Solomon (Framingham, Mass.) and freshman Max Deulofeu (Woburn, Mass.) each found the back of the net.
UMass Dartmouth jumped out to a quick start, scoring just two minutes, three seconds into regulation. Freshman Georges Tenie (Lunenburg, Mass.) made a strong run down the left sideline and placed a low, crossing pass through the goal mouth. Ferreira deposited his sixth marker of the season into the vacant net to give the hosts an early 1-0 advantage. The pitch has tilted in the Corsairs favor for the remaining 43 minutes, but UMass Dartmouth was unable to extend its lead.
The Corsairs used another quick strike in the second stanza to spark a five-goal outburst to break open the contest. Ferreira snuck his team-leading seventh goal under the outstretched arms of the visitors' keeper nearly three minutes into the second half. Chao gave the hosts a 3-0 lead with his sixth goal of the season, while also setting up Sarkis' first collegiate marker in the 59th minute. UMass Dartmouth added a pair of insurance goals in the final 25 minutes of play to seal its third win in its past four matches.
Freshman Andrew Deane (Woburn, Mass.) made two saves to raise his individual record to 3-2, while classmate Luis Carranza (New Bedford, Mass.) stopped one shot over the final 45 minutes of regulation.
Freshman Joe Cohen (Plymouth, Mass.) turned aside six of the seven attempts he faced before giving way to classmate Thomas Funkhauser (Purcellville, Va.) after the halftime intermission. Funkhauser finished with three saves.
UMass Dartmouth will return to Little East action at 1 p.m. on Oct. 12, when the Corsairs travel to Keene State College. The Corsairs and Owls are currently tied for second place in the conference standings.