Mike DeSantis Scores Overtime Gamewinner For 1-0 Men's Soccer Win Over St. Bona
Sept. 10, 2006
AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore Mike DeSantis (Stoneham, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal in the 97th minute to give UMass a 1-0 overtime win against St. Bonaventure on Sunday at Rudd Field. UMass improves to 5-0-1 which is its best start since the 1970 and 1971 seasons. For head coach Sam Koch, the win was his 225th career victory. Today was the fifth shutout win for UMass this season as the Minutemen have allowed just one goal all season.
This is the first time in UMass program history that a team has started its first six games of the season posting five shutouts and the first time giving up just one goal in the first six games.
After playing a scoreless 90 minutes of regulation action, DeSantis scored the game-winning goal at the 96:31 mark of action on a volley from just five-yards out. The Minutemen were able to get the ball in their offensive zone after a St. Bonaventure (0-5-0) foul and crossed the ball into the goal box. The ball bounced off several players from both teams and then kicked up into the air where DeSantis was able to get his foot on it placing it just above Bonnie keeper Massimo Collu-Marchese.
The goal was DeSantis' second of the season. He now has three goals in his career - all game-winning strikes.
The game was characterized by tough, physical play as the teams combined for 46 fouls with UMass recording 26. St. Bonaventure posted eight shots and four corner kicks to just six shots and three corners for the Minutemen.
"This was a very good win for us," said Koch who notched his 225th career victory. "We were able to find a way to earn this win and that is the sign of a good team."
UMass had a chance to get on the board at the 28:41 mark of the game when freshman Mark DeSantis (Stoneham, Mass.) was fouled. He placed his kick towards the top of the right post, but Collu-Marchese made a stellar diving save.
Collu-Marchese finished the game with just that save, while UMass keeper Zack Simmons (Durham, N.H.) made four.
Simmons and his back row of defenders helped the team post its fourth consecutive shutout and fifth of the season. UMass has allowed just one goal in six games and Simmons is posting a 0.16 goals against average and a .957 save percentage.
Only during one other season in the history of intercollegiate soccer at UMass has a club put together a string of four or more consecutive shutouts which was the 1985 squad that had five straight shutouts during the middle of its season. That 1985 team was also the only team to give up only one goal in a six-game stretch.
"St. Bonaventure is a much better team than their record indicates," said Koch. "They played extremely tough today."
The 5-0-1 start for UMass is its best since the 1970 and 1971 clubs each started similarly. The best start in program history was a 6-0 beginning in 1931. That team played just six games total during the season and is the only team to go undefeated for the season.
UMass is 9-0-3 over its last 12 regular-season games dating back to last season. The Minutmen improve to 25-11-4 all-time at Rudd Field.
UMass will next face Hartford on this upcoming Friday, Sept. 15 at Rudd Field. Game time is set for 2 p.m., and admission is free to all.
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