UMass Falls To Maine, 3-1, In Home Opener
Sept. 11, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Maine's Jimmy Velas scored his first two career goals to lift the Black Bears to their first win of the season, 3-1, at UMass' Rudd Field on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Velas scored both in the span of 5:20 early in the second half. His second goal of the game came as he controlled a loose ball and netted it with 30:41 left in regulation. Maine's Matthew Bernal was credited with an assist as he sent the ball into UMass territory.
Maine added an insurance goal with 10:15 left in the game as Joe Corey scored his first career goal off an assist from Gabriel Germano as he kicked a ball in mid-air into the right side of the goal.
The Minutemen fell to 0-3 overall as they began a five-game homestand at Rudd Field. Maine moved to 1-1-1.
UMass freshman Matty Lemire (Ipswich, Mass.) scored the first goal of his collegiate career to give the Minutemen their first lead of the season, 1-0. Lemire converted a pass from sophomore Michael Donnelly (Warminster, Pa.) with 4:42 left in the first half. Lemire beat Maine goalkeeper Chad Mongeon to the lower left side of the goal on a shot from the top of the box.
Maine tied the score at the 53:59 mark, early in the second half, as freshman Jimmy Velas also scored his first career goal. Velas put home a riccochet shot off the right goalpost off the original shot by Justin Stockford.
UMass' best chance to tie the game came with 24 minutes left in regulation as Robby Charest's (Monson, Mass.) shot caromed off the right goalpost and was grabbed by Mongeon in a scramble.
UMass had the first scoring chance of the day as junior Ernie Billittier (Mundelein, Ill.) was stopped on a point-blank shot from about 10 yards out just 14 minutes into the game.
In goal, UMass' Colin Burns (Newark, Del.) made four saves and Mungeon had four for the Black Bears.
The Minutemen continue their five-game stand at Rudd Field, as they host Hartford on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m. Next weekend the annual UMass Classic takes place at Rudd with the Minutemen playing host to Siena on Friday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.