UMass Falls To Hartford In Opener
Aug. 30, 2003
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The University of Massachusetts' men's soccer team outshot Hartford, 13-9, but the Hawks made the most of their chances in defeating the Minutemen, 2-0, in the season opener for both teams. The Minutemen drop to 0-1-0 on the young season, while Hartford is 1-0-0.
The Hawks wasted no time getting on the board. Kenniel Martin scored just 1:19 into the game on a 10-yard shot to the right top post. Harry Vasliadis assisted on the goal and the Hawks led 1-0. The score remained the same until the 31st minute when Luke Rasmussen rocketed a shot into the back of the net at the 30:02 mark, with an assist from Alon Lubezky, to give Hartford a 2-0 intermission lead.
The Minutemen offense turned up the heat in the second half, outshooting the Hawks, 8-3, and drawing nine corner kicks in the final 45 minutes, but couldn't solve Hawks' keeper Ryan Carr, who shut out the Minutemen while making seven saves.
Colin Burns (Newark, Del.) played the first half in goal for UMass, making one save. Freshman Nick Billman (St. Louis, Mo.) saw his first career action, and shut out the Hawks in the second half, making two saves.
UMass will be in action next weekend in the UAB Nike Classic in Birmingham, Ala. On Friday, the Minutemen will play Birmingham Southern at 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, will play Alabama-Birmingham at 2:30 p.m.