Joao Correia scores single goal in Corsairs midweek defeat

Mikayla Seavey, Framingham State Sports InformationBy Dylan Botelho, Sports Editor

The unbeaten Salve Regina Seahawks came into UMass Dartmouth’s Cressy Field on a rainy and slippery Wednesday afternoon. The Corsairs, yet without a win in their young season, would unfortunately become another team conquered on the Seahawks schedule as they fell to a 4-1 defeat.

The non-league men’s collegiate soccer game kicked off on Cressy Field with less than stellar conditions, playing into the Corsairs likewise less than stellar performance.
Seahawks Sophomore Casey Kelly gave his team the extremely early advantage that would set the pace for the remainder of the night.

Up 1-0 for the majority of the first half, the Seahawks would tally a second score late in the frame after the team was awarded a penalty kick.
Junior Donald Igo stepped into the box for the Seahawks for a shot at goal and converted, giving Slave Regina a 2-0 edge fifteen minutes before heading back into the dry locker rooms for halftime.

The UMass Dartmouth Corsairs bounced back quick in the second half, with Corsairs’ senior Joao Correia cutting the Seahawks’ deficit in half only two minutes into the second frame. Correia knocked one past the Seahawks’ keeper off a pass from fellow senior Vnagjel Kutulla for his second goal of the season.

Unfortunately for the Corsairs, the Seahawks weren’t going to give up their imposing lead that easily. Igo played an important role for Salve Regina again, this time setting up sophomore Owen Stevenson to bring their lead up to three only a minute and a half after Correia cut their original lead in half.

With the clock ticking away, the Salve Regina Seahawks put the nail in the coffin as Junior Evan McDonald, who had earlier already assisted on a goal, netted an unassisted score for the final 4-1 lead.

Overall, the Corsairs were outshot by the Seahawks 15-5 (5-2 on goal). Salve Regina goalkeeper Michael Payan picked up the win for the Seahawks although only finishing with one save in net.

UMass Dartmouth Corsairs’ first year goal keeper Chris Moussavi recorded a single save as well in the net.

UMass Dartmouth heads next to Plymouth State on the search for their first win. They’ll face off this Saturday against the Plymouth State Panthers at 4:00 PM in the team’s Little East Conference opener.

Salve Regina will return home with another victory to face Curry College in its Commonwealth Conference opener at Noon, on Saturday afternoon in Newport, Rhode Island.


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