Austin Dias’ Penalty Kick Outlasts Mass. Maritime, 1-0

Austin Dias’ Penalty Kick Outlasts Mass. Maritime, 1-0

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior Austin Dias (Smithfield, R.I.) provided all the offense in the game, finding the net in the 55th minute on a penalty shot to lift the Corsairs over the Buccaneers of Massachusetts Maritime by a 1-0 final at Cressy Field.

The Basics

Score: UMass Dartmouth 1, Mass. Maritime 0
Records: UMass Dartmouth (3-4-1, 2-1-0 LEC) | Mass. Maritime (2-8-0, 1-2-0 MASAC)

How It Happened

In the opening minutes, it looked as if the Buccaneers had the upper hand, putting the first four shots of the game toward the net. The Corsair defense was forced to readjust, and began to build momentum away from their side of the field.  

In the 29th minute, Mass. Maritime saw a golden opportunity as William Taylor (Hanover, Mass.) footed the ball in open space directly in front of the net. The Corsairs unharmed as his shot sailed beyond the right-post to keep the score square.  

Following the intermission, the slow start to the game continued as neither team could break through offensively. That ended in the 55th minute as Dias, following an aggressive tackle in the box, was awarded a penalty kick.  

Dias found the net to give his team the 1-0 lead, opting for a low shot that tucked the inside of the right-post for his fourth goal of the season and his 13th career marker.  

The Buccaneers had seven shots following the goal by Dias, but could not pull even in the game. In the final 10 seconds, the Buccaneers fired toward net, but freshman Mike Tranghese (Monson, Mass.) collected the ball off the bounce and waited for the time to expire to close the door.

Inside the Numbers

  • The Buccaneers controlled the shot total, firing off 17 shots to the Corsairs 11.
  • UMass Dartmouth's Elvis Mendes (Brockton, Mass.) led the team with four shots toward net while seven others finished with at least a shot.
  • The Corsairs held a 4-2 advantage in the saves category.
  • Tranghese logged a complete effort in net, sending away four shots and finishing with his first career victory.
  • This is the second time this season the Corsairs have seen their lon -goal in a winning game come off a penalty kick.
  • UMass Dartmouth ups its all-time record with Mass. Maritime to 36-6-1 following the victory.  

Up Next

UMass Dartmouth is on the road next when it takes on Rhode Island College on Saturday for a 1:00 P.M. conference matchup. Mass. Maritime returns to conference play with a 7:00 P.M. matchup against Westfield State on Friday.