MAHWAH, N.J. – Junior Josh Chao (New Bedford, Mass.) converted a pair of penalty kicks in the first half to lift the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team to a 2-1 season-opening victory over DeSales University this afternoon in the first round of the Ramapo Invitational.
After falling behind 1-0 in the opening minutes of play, the Corsairs (1-0) wasted little time responding when the Bulldogs (0-1) were whistled for an infraction inside the penalty box. Chao took full advantage of the scoring opportunity as he beat the DeSales keeper from the dot, netting the equalizer in the fourth minute.
UMass Dartmouth scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 40th minute, when Chao capitalized on his second penalty kick. The Corsairs' defensive unit made the lead stand up over the remaining 50 minutes of action, withstanding six shots and six corners kicks to earn their first win of the 2014 season.
The Bulldogs grabbed their only lead of the contest just three minutes into regulation when sophomore Wes Frebel (Sinking Spring, Pa.) found the back of the net off an assist from junior Darby Alafoginis (Lawrenceville, Pa.).
Sophomore Luis Carranza (New Bedford, Mass.) played all 90 minutes of action in the net, turning away a pair of shot attempts in the victory. His counterpart, senior Colin Sulpizio (Philadelphia, Pa.) stopped two shots in the loss.
DeSales held the advantage in shots attempts (10-9) and corner kicks (9-1).
UMass Dartmouth will return to action tomorrow at 3:30 p.m., when the Corsairs face tournament host Ramapo in the championship game. The Roadrunners blanked John Joy, 3-0, in the opener earlier this afternoon.