Oct. 4, 2008
BOSTON, MA - Senior midfielder Jason Bettencourt (Lowell, MA) netted the game-winning goal with just 1:55 left in overtime to give the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's soccer team a 2-1 victory over host University of Massachusetts Boston today in a Little East Conference match at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 3-7-0 overall and 0-3-0 in LEC play, while the Corsairs improve to 7-4-1 and 2-1-0.
Junior midfielder Jarred Goldstein (Weymouth, MA) sent a through ball in front of the net for UMass Dartmouth, where the UMass Boston keeper was caught off the line and Bettencourt poked it through the near post on the right side at 98:05 for his first tally of the season and the game-deciding score.
The Beacons opened the scoring when junior defender Jose Grajales (Cali, Colombia/Smithfield (RI) H.S.) sent a chip from the midfield to senior midfielder Romeo Zeqo (Volos, Greece/Medford (MA) H.S.), who sent a low shot into the right corner for his team-leading third goal of the season at 32:07 of the first half for a 1-0 edge.
The Corsairs knotted the match at 1-1 when sophomore midfielder Michael Alves (Seekonk, MA) came up with the ball in a scramble in front of the net and wrapped a shot in tight around the left corner at 62:15 of the second half for his second goal of the year.
UMass Dartmouth owned a 26-17 shot advantage as junior keeper Domenick Persuitte (West Barnstable, MA) did everything he could for UMass Boston with a career-high 13 saves. Freshman goalie Kevin Pelsinki (Merrimack, NH) earned the victory for UMass Dartmouth in the final 63:24 of relief with four saves, while starting goalkeeper Anel Brkic (Milton, MA) stopped six of seven shots in the first 34:41 of the match for UMD.
The Beacons will be in action again on Thursday, October 9 when they host Newbury College at 3:30 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center field, while the Corsairs travel to Gorham, ME on October 11 for a 1:00 p.m. match with LEC opponent University of Southern Maine.