Oct. 24, 2009
by John Cabral
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team hoped to give its five seniors a pleasant sendoff in their final home match Saturday afternoon, but it was three Eastern Connecticut seniors who provided all the memories in a 3-0 Little East Conference victory on Senior Day at Cressy Field.
ECSU struck quickly, scoring two goals precisely ten minutes apart at 7:58 and 17:58. The goals were scored by senior forward Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield HS) and senior forward Sean Capezzone (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) respectively, both off of deflections by Corsair freshman goalkeeper Kellen Rauch (Ashland, Mass./Ashland HS). Eastern Connecticut held that 2-0 lead into halftime, and later tacked on a third goal in the 57th minute when senior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford, Conn./William H. Hall HS) tapped in a breakaway feed from Boretti.
UMass Dartmouth Assistant Coach Frank Cunha felt that the early goals were deflating for the Corsairs. "Our guys went in with confidence at first, but when [Eastern Connecticut] got that first goal it kind of hurt us," Cunha said. "They got that second goal without any pressure applied."
Although the outcome of the contest was never in doubt, Cunha found positives in the team's performance. "We never gave up. We can't capitalize on our scoring, but as a team we played well," Cunha said. The Corsairs outshot the Warriors 14-13.
The Corsairs switched goalkeepers at halftime, placing freshman Mike Phelan (Carver, Mass./Carver HS) between the pipes for the second half. Phelan allowed the final goal of the match, but also tallied three saves.
Saturday's contest was the final regular season home match for five UMass Dartmouth seniors who were honored with their families in a pregame ceremony. While defenseman Alex Bettencourt (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford HS) was sidelined with an injury, defenseman Ronnie Beaudoin (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth HS) and midfielders Jarred Goldstein (Weymouth, Mass./UMass Lowell), Casey Gomes (Ludlow, Mass./Ludlow, HS), and Matt Correia (Dracut, Mass./Dracut HS) all saw extensive playing time.
Cunha paid tribute to the seniors after their final game at home. "These seniors are for real," Cunha said. "They've been giving us their all all year. We're going to miss them, that's for sure."
UMass Dartmouth falls to 8-6-1 and 2-3-1 in Little East Conference play, while Eastern Connecticut is now 11-4-1 and 4-1. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Bridgewater State Tuesday. The Warriors will host Fitchburg State Thursday.
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