Sept. 22, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Sophomore midfielder Kyle Lopes (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS/Bristol CC) drilled home a free kick with 1:37 remaining in the first sudden-death overtime period to give the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team a 2-1 victory over visiting Lasell in a non-conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tuesday.
Lopes was awarded a free kick after junior forward Giuliano Basile (East Longmeadow, MA/East Longmeadow HS) was fouled and scored to end the seesaw contest. "We moved the ball around really well, and Giuliano did a great job getting the free kick for us," said Lopes. "When I hit it, I had a feeling it was going in."
The Corsairs had taken a 1-0 lead on Lopes' first goal of the match, scored in the 18th minute when he converted a pass from junior midfielder Jason Couto (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS/Bristol CC) in front of the net. The Lasers equalized when senior defender Paul Meucci (Vernon, CT) scored on a free kick from just outside the penalty area with just two seconds remaining in the first half.
"It's ironic that Kyle had both goals for us, because he's played really well for us all season, but has missed his opportunities to score," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Henry Almeida. "It was a great coming out party for him to get two goals in this win. We were coming off a tough conference loss, and we wanted to see what we would do in a character test against a quality opponent. Jason Couto and (sophomore midfielder) Ebenezer Vicente (Praia, Cape Verde/Massasoit CC) played very well in the midfield for us today."
The Corsairs out shot the Lasers, 20-13. Freshmen Jon Doucette (Boxford, MA/Masconomet HS) and Kellen Rauch (Ashland, MA/Ashland HS) combined to make five saves for UMD, while senior Julian Dutton (Madison, CT) made nine for Lasell.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 4-1 with the victory, while Lasell dropped to 4-2-1 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host UMass Boston Saturday. The Lasers will visit Albertus Magnus Saturday.
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