By Elijah Santos, Staff Writer
The Corsairs men’s soccer team remained busy over the past week, playing Salem State on Wednesday and Eastern Connecticut on Saturday.
These two games would prove to be too strenuous for the Corsairs, forcing them to take home two losses.
Wednesday’s game vs. Salem State was a close contest. Although the first half remained scoreless, the second half was a tough fight. Corsairs’ sophomore Joe Morehead had opened the scoring in the second half, giving the Corsairs a 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute with his first goal of the season.
However, the Corsairs would not keep their lead for long; losing it in the 66th minute when Vikings sophomore Edwin Demoya was fed by fellow sophomore Dominique Panmo to even matters up.
This game would head into the final 90th minute tied, resulting in a decisive overtime period. Salem State junior Grace Dos Santos would put the Corsairs away early into extra time, scoring only 1:01 in, to lift Salem State to a 2-1 non-league victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Vikings junior Christopher Jimenez would take home his seventh win with seven saves in net for Salem State.
While, Junior Danny Andrade made five stops for the Corsairs. The Corsairs were outshot 21-15 but out fouled the Vikings 10-7.
Saturday’s game would prove to be an even tougher match for the Corsairs, following their midweek upset with another loss. The Corsairs would have a hard time containing the visiting Warriors’ offense, who would walk out of Cressy Field with a 3-0 road victory.
First on the board for the Warriors was junior Griffin Luczek, starting the team’s unanswered scoring streak only 12:58 into the match.
The Warriors lead was pushed up to two goals in the 27th minute when junior Justin Jensen would finish off a pass from fellow junior Sam Hulburt.
The Eastern Connecticut Warriors third and final goal would come ten minutes into the second half when freshman Will Toomey and junior Max Parent came together for a masterful score.
Parent lead the dominate Warriors offense, tallying a goal and an assist in their victory.
Senior Ryan Murphy earned the shutout in net for the Warriors with only a single save while Corsairs goaltender freshman Jacob Castro, stopped a pair of shots out of the Warriors total of five on net.
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs head to Keene, New Hampshire on Wednesday, September 26th, looking for their first win of the season as they take on Keene State in a Little East Conference match beginning at 6:30 PM.
Eastern Connecticut will host Western Connecticut in a Little East battle on Wednesday afternoon as well, with their match beginning at 4:00 PM.