Oct. 9, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's soccer team tied visiting Keene State, 1-1, in a Little East Conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.
The Owls opened the scoring early in the first half. Less than three minutes into the first half, senior forward Cam Blair (Keene, NH/Keene HS) fired an unassisted goal past Corsairs goalkeeper Kellen Rauch (Ashland, MA/Ashland HS), giving Keene State a 1-0 advantage. Blair's goal was the lone goal of a back-and-forth first half battle. "It was a great game, a hard fought men's college soccer game," said Corsairs Head Coach Henry Almeida.
The Corsairs evened the score with 22:29 left in regulation. Senior forward Giuliano Basile (E. Longmeadow, MA/E. Longmeadow HS) blasted a shot past Owls goalkeeper Paul Blackmer (Boylston, MA/Tahanto HS), forcing an overtime periods between both squads. "[At halftime] I told [the team] to keep their heads ups after we gave up an early goal. We are a very young team and when stuff like that happens, it's easy for us to get down on ourselves but they hung in and we got the goal to tie it up," continued Almeida.
UMass Dartmouth had the only scoring opportunity of the overtime periods. Early in the first overtime, freshmen defender Alex Machado (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) fired a long shot on goal, the ball squandered away from the goalie and onto the foot of sophomore forward Anthony dos Santos (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) but dos Santos shot attempt sailed wide right of the goal. "I'm very proud of the team, we came up a little bit short and we had a pretty good opportunity in the first overtime to end it," said Almeida.
The Corsairs outshot the Owls 15-14 in the contest. Rauch made seven saves for UMD, while Blackmer tallied four for Keene State.
The Corsairs are now 6-2-2 and 2-1-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Owls are 8-3-2 and 3-0-1 with the tie. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Tufts Tuesday evening. Keene State will host Rochester Wednesday evening.
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