Strong 2nd Half Leads Roadrunners to President’s Cup Title
MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College (N.J.) scored four unanswered goals in the second half to post a 4-1 victory over the visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team this afternoon to capture the 2014 President's Cup Championship. The Roadrunners raised their record to 2-0, while the Corsairs evened their mark at 1-1.
UMass Dartmouth jumped out to an early lead in the 29th minute, converting on its first shot of the match. Sophomore Max Deulofeu (Woburn, Mass.) registered his first marker of the season to give the visitors the advantage heading into the intermission break.
Ramapo was able to control the pace of play in the second stanza and eventually wear down a depleted Corsair roster. UMass Dartmouth, playing its second match in consecutive days, only had three substitutes available off the bench due to injuries suffered during preseason training sessions.
The Roadrunners forged a 1-all tie in the 51st minute, when Dan Boffa (Harrisborough, N.J.) deposited a dish from Zach Savacool (Wall, N.J.). The hosts netted the eventual game-winner in the 72nd minute. Sophomore James Merges (Middletown, N.J.) gave Ramapo a lead it would not relinquish, finishing a pass from freshman Kevin Villanueva (Harrison, N.J.). The Roadrunners sealed the championship title with a pair of late insurance markers within a seven-minute span.
Ramapo held a 19-5 advantage in shots and a 6-2 lead in corner kick opportunities.
In between the pipes, sophomore Matthew Hernandez (Fort Lee, N.J.) made one save to earn the victory, while sophomore Luis Carranza (New Bedford, Mass. / Greater New Bedford) recorded two saves in 90 minutes of action.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, when the Corsairs travel to Connecticut College for a non-conference tilt.