Men's Soccer Tops Worcester State, 2-1

Men's Soccer Tops Worcester State, 2-1

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's soccer team scored a 2-1 overtime victory over visiting Worcester State in a non-conference match at Cressy Field Tuesday evening.

The overtime victory was the second straight for the Corsairs and their fourth of the season.

Senior forward Fouad Shahin (Topsfield, MA/Masconomet) gave UMD the early lead when he tallied his first goal of the season in the 36th minute off a pass from junior forward Victor Ferreira (St. Michael, Portugal/New Bedford HS). Shahin's goal was the only in the first half and the Corsairs took the 1-0 into halftime.

UMD would hold the lead into the 49th minute when the Lancers tied it up courtesy of an unassisted goal from junior midfielder Alex Wolfel (Unionville, CT/Farmington HS).

Wolfel's fourth tally of the season would be the lone goal in the second half and the two squads would go to overtime before sophomore midfielder Ryland Forster-Gorbach (West Roxbury, MA/Catholic Memorial) scored the game-winner in the 99th minute as Ferreira added his second assist of the contest.

"Worcester State played us very tough this evening," said UMass Dartmouth Assistant Coach Brian Medeiros. "They are a better team than their record indicates. We were able to get the win and it seems to be a habit for us going into overtime, but as long as we keep winning it's okay. After this we are looking forward to our biggest game of the weekend this Saturday against Keene State."

The Corsairs outshot the Lancers, 29-11. Senior goalkeeper Mike Phelan (Carver, MA/Carver HS) made five saves for UMD, while freshman Tim Schmidt (Southwick, MA/Southwick HS) stopped 12 shots for WSU.

UMass Dartmouth improved to 11-3-0 with the victory, while the Lancers dropped to 1-10-2 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Keene State Saturday.