Nov. 7, 2009
MANSFIELD, CT- A week ago, an overtime goal by host Eastern Connecticut State put the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team into the 2009 Little East Conference Tournament. Saturday, a Warrior goal knocked them out. Nicholas Boretti converted a pass in the penalty area in the 67th minute to give ECSU a 1-0 victory over the Corsairs in the LEC championship match at the Mansfield Outdoor Sports Complex.
Boretti fired home a pass across the penalty area after a long pass came through the middle. Jon DeCasanova and Cory Tobler drew assists on the play. "They had a ball that went through on the ground," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Henry Almeida. "They had a guy running to the post, and he just knocked it in."
The Corsairs, who made the playoffs as the fourth seed after ECSU defeated Plymouth State in overtime last Saturday, had their chances, but were not able to score. "It was a great game, but not the result we wanted," said Almeida. "We had four or five legitimate chances, but we just couldn't finish. Our team played well, and we pressed them at the end, but we just couldn't score. Eastern Connecticut is a good team, and we have a lot of respect for them."
The Corsairs out shot the Warriors, 13-7. Freshman goalkeeper Mike Phelan (Carver, MA/Carver HS) made one save for UMD, while Carl Appel made five for ECSU.
"Mike played great," said Almeida. "Midway through the year, we had that little losing streak, and a total team effort pulled us together. I'd like to thank our seniors for their great leadership."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 10-7-2 with the defeat, while Eastern Connecticut State improved to 16-4-1 with the victory. The Warriors earned the Little East Conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Championships with the victory. The match was the final action of the season for the Corsairs.
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