Sept. 4, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The UMass Dartmouth men's soccer team defeated visiting Salve Regina, 1-0, in their 2010 season opener at Cressy Field Saturday.
The Corsairs, who returned three of 11 starters from the team that finished fourth in the Little East Conference and advanced to the LEC championship match last fall, found themselves with a roster of fresh faces. "It's an exciting time for the program. We have good senior leadership, but these freshmen and sophomores will dictate what we do," said UMass Dartmouth head coach Henry Almeida.
The Seahawks out shot the Corsairs 9-7, with UMass Dartmouth taking six shots on goal while the Seahawks managed five. Corsair sophomore goalkeeper Mike Phelan (Carver, MA/Carver) made five saves on five shots, while senior midfielder Thomas Uibel (Pforzheim, Germany/Freiburg University) provided the lone goal of the match.
UMass Dartmouth was on the offensive early but came up short on scoring opportunities. As the clock wound down to the final five minutes of the first half, Uibel found space between defenders and fired a shot into the back of the goal, giving the Corsairs a 1-0 advantage going into the half. The unassisted goal was Uibel's first of the season.
The second half featured back-and-forth play from both teams. Salve Regina best scoring chance came with seven minutes left in the game, when senior co-captain Ken Johnson (Colonia, NJ/St. Joseph's) charged at a loose ball in front of the goal, but Phelan aggressively attacked the ball and made the save, securing the 1-0 win for UMass Dartmouth. "We hope to build from this, we played a good 60 minutes of soccer, so if we can build and add another five or ten minutes next game and by the time conference rolls around it's 90, we'll be happy," said Almeira.
The Corsairs improved to 1-0 with the victory, while the Seahawks fell to 0-1 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Mount Ida Tuesday evening, while Salve Regina will visit Coast Guard Wednesday.
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