Men's Soccer Edged by Roger Williams in Double OT

Men's Soccer Edged by Roger Williams in Double OT

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's soccer team fell 3-2 in double overtime to visiting Roger William in a non-conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Thursday.


Freshman forward James Sheldon (Amherst, NH/Souhegan HS) scored on header with just 25 seconds remaining to send the Hawks past the Corsairs.


Junior forward Daniel Caruso (Tewksbury, MA/Central Catholic HS) opened the scoring in the 14th minute when he converted a free kick from just outside the penalty area to give Roger Williams the early lead. Both teams would have scoring opportunities throughout the remainder of the opening half, but neither was able to capitalize as the Hawks took a 1-0 lead into halftime.


The Corsairs came out strong in the second half as freshman forward Alief Solomon (Framingham, MA/ Framingham HS) knotted the score at one apiece when he finished off a pass from senior midfielder Nelson Oliveira in the 50th minute. Twelve minutes later, the Corsairs took a 2-1 lead when sophomore forward Nick Gontijo (Hudson, MA/Hudson HS) scored his first goal of the season off a pass from junior forward Victor Ferreira (St. Michael, Portugal/New Bedford HS).


The lead was short-lived as Roger Williams tied the game four minutes later as sophomore forward Andrew Carlson (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield HS) scored off a pass from Caruso. Carlson's goal capped the scoring in regulation time.


After a scoreless opening ten minutes of overtime, the Hawks won the game in the waning moments as Sheldon converted a header.


"It was a great, hard-fought game played by both squads," said UMass Dartmouth Assistant Coach Josh Canha. "It was a tough way to end it, but we look forward to getting back on the field Saturday against UMass Boston."


The Corsairs were outshot by the Hawks, 17-16. Junior goalkeeper Mike Phelan (Carver, MA/Carver HS) made five saves for UMD, while sophomore Tom Mangels (Garden City, NY/Kent School) made six for Roger Williams.


UMass Dartmouth fell to 7-3-0 with the loss, while the Hawks improved 9-3 with the win. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit UMass Boston Saturday. RWU will visit Eastern Nazarene Saturday.