BRISTOL, R.I. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team registered a 21-9 advantage in shots, but the Corsairs could not solve the Roger Williams defense, falling 3-0 this evening.
UMass Dartmouth (8-4) used its speed to its advantage in the early goings of the game. The Corsairs held the Hawks without a shot for the first 15 minutes of the game. Conversely, the visitors put six shots with three corners over the same span.
UMass Dartmouth's Adam Philbin (Cumberland, R.I.) fired a shot in the ninth minute to the right side that was headed for the back of the net before a strong diving save by Hawk keeper Jon Pelloso (Wilbraham, Mass.).
The Hawks' first shot of the contest nearly gave RWU a 1-0 lead. Cooper Allebrand kicked a deep free ball into the box to Trevor Hoxsie, who fired a long shot from the back. His attempt just flew over the goal off of the fingertips of Andrew Deane (Woburn, Mass.).
Roger Williams got on the board in the 27th minute, when Andrew Carlson kicked a crossing pass over the penalty area to Tyler Peckham on the right side. Peckham was able to head the ball in the air and put the shot into the left corner of the net to give hosts a 1-0 lead.
UMass Dartmouth continued to stay aggressive throughout the remainder of the half. Philbin missed a game-tying goal by inches with 14 minutes left in the half, putting a shot just over the crossbar. Mike Diogo (Bristol, R.I.) sent a chip pass just over a Hawk defender to an open Victor Ferreira (St. Michael, Portugal). Ferreira had his attempt stopped head-on by Pelloso to send the Hawks into the intermission with a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, the hosts tacked on a pair of quick goals to triple their lead. Less than two minutes into the period, James Sheldon brought the ball down the right side to the endline of the box, brought it back and sent a back pass to Dan Kelly on the left. Kelly swung and missed on his kick, but Trevor Sparda drilled the loose ball to the right corner.
Three minutes later, Kelly made up for his missed kick with his second goal of the game, knocking in a shot from Carlson from the left side of the penalty area.
The Corsairs had two great attempts turned away in the 57th minute, with Pelloso making back-to-back saves on shots by Ryland Foster-Gorbach (West Roxbury, Mass.) and Ferreira.
Pelloso earned his seventh win of the year, making nine stops on the evening, while Deane took the loss without recording a save.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 4 p.m. on Oct. 19, when the Corsairs host Plymouth State University (5-4-3, 1-1-2 LEC) in a Little East Conference match.
(Roger Williams sports information)