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Coverage of Men's Soccer loss at Vermont

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After Friday afternoon's thrilling 1-0 double overtime win against New Hampshire in the Vermont Windjammer Classic, the UMass men's soccer team suffered a tough loss on Sunday afternoon in the tournament finale to host Vermont, 1-0. The Catamounts converted a penalty kick in the 68th minute to break the deadlock.

Stephen Hewitt of the Daily Collegian looks at UMass' top returning scorer and captain Bryant Craft as he looks to build upon his strong junior season from last year for the men's soccer team. Previously a midfielder, Craft moved up top to a forward position to bolster the Minutemen's scoring.

Massachusetts men's soccer coach Sam Koch doesn't like to predict.   

He doesn't like to gaze too far ahead into the future and would rather focus on what he can control now.  But if he had to guess who the team's offense would revolve around and who the Minutemen's leading goal producer would be by season's end, he would be hard pressed not to choose his senior captain and star striker, Bryant Craft.

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The UMass men's soccer team came away with a 1-0 exhibition match win at Providence this afternoon thanks to a goal from freshman Josh Schwartz that was assisted by Hellah Sidibe. Brian Frame and Shane Curran-Hays each played a half in goal for the win.

UMass All-Access caught up with team captains Bryant Craft and David Key on Thursday to speak about the upcoming season.

Wednesday night's Premier Development League match between the Western Mass. Pioneers and the Vermont Voltage was suspended because of lightning and will be made up at a date and time to be determined. 

The game was stopped in the 27th minute, the game scoreless at the time. Team officials and the referee decided the field was playable after the first couple of heavy downpours, but the game started 30 minutes late. 

It was quickly stopped in the 27th minute when flashes of lightning came a little too close for comfort. 

As for the U.S. Open Cup, which the Pioneers qualified for when they defeated MPS Portland 1-0 Friday, Western Mass. has been matched up against FC New York of the United Soccer Leagues Pro League. 

The game will be played at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., June 14. 

The Western Mass Pioneers will host the Vermont Voltage tonight at Lusitano Stadium. The Pioneers are coming off a win at Portland, 1-0, thanks to a Chris Roswess goal. The win gave the PDL squad a berth in the U.S. Open Cup.

Along with Roswess, UMass standouts Bryant Craft, Andrew Henshaw and Tyler Cleverdon are members of the Pioneers this summer.

Western Mass Pioneers Force Draw With Vermont

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The Western Mass Pioneers forced a 0-0 draw with the Vermont Voltage last night. They will host the Portland Phoenix on Friday with a chance for a spot in the U.S. Open Cup.

UMass' Tyler Cleverdon, Bryant Craft, Chris Roswess, and Andrew Henshaw all play for the Pioneers of the Premier Development League.

Western Mass Pioneers Face Vermont Tonight At 7 PM

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The Western Mass Pioneers (2-0) will return to action tonight at 7 PM as they head to the Vermont Voltage at St. Albans.

The Pioneers feature UMass products Bryant Craft, Tyler Cleverdon, Andrew Henshaw and Chris Roswess.

The game will not have an impact on the Premier Development League standings, but a win would make them 3-0 in Open Cup qualifying setting up Friday's match against Portland to determine which team advance to the U.S. Open Cup.

Men's Soccer Recaps Vs. Temple & Saint Joseph's

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The men's soccer team had a huge weekend sweeping Temple and Saint Joseph's on the road this past weekend to remain undefeated (4-0-1) in Atlantic 10 play to stay in 2nd place in the league standings.

New England Soccer News: UMass edges St. Joseph's 1-0

Recaps From Saturday's Siena Draw

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After falling behind 2-0, Bryant Craft and Stuart Amick each tallied 2nd half goals and the UMass men's soccer defense settled in forcing a 2-2 draw with Siena to wrap up the non-conference portion of the schedule. Here are the recaps from the game:

  • Daily Collegian
  • Daily Collegian Sidebar On Ben Arikian Moving Up Top-10 Assist Chart
  • New England Soccer News
  • Collegian Feature On Bryant Craft

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    Steve Levine has a nice feature in today's Daily Collegian on Bryant Craft and his strong start to the season. Craft has two goals in the first two games of the year after moving from the midfield up to forward for the Minutemen. According to Levine, "He credits his early success to the hard work he did over the summer when he played alongside teammate Ben Arikian and even some former Major League Soccer players on Long Island, N.Y."