Hartford Slips Past UMass, 3-2
Sept. 12, 2012
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Despite scoring a season-high two goals, the Massachusetts men's soccer team was unable to hold on to a halftime lead as they fell to Hartford, 3-2, at Alumni Stadium Wednesday night.
UMass (2-2-1) managed six shots and three corner kick opportunities. Matt Keys led the Minutemen with two shots. Hartford (4-3-0) had 18 shots, putting seven on goal.
UMass got on the board early in the first when Keys outjumped Hartford goalie Viltsu Tuumi for a header on a 30-yard free kick from Dominic Skrajewski in the 19th minute. It was the sophomore defender's first goal of the season and second of his career.
UMass kept Hartford out of the net in the first period, thanks in part to goalkeeper Brian Frame and Keys. Frame made a nice point-blank stop on an Anthony Santaga attempt 28th minute. Later, Keys had two clears in traffic on corner kicks less than a minute apart with just under seven minutes to play.
That's the way it stood until the Hawks tied it up on an unassisted goal by Javoni Simms ? his fifth of the year ? at 56:58. Hartford took its first lead 14 minutes later when Damion Lowe found the back of the net on a scrum in front of the goal.
The Minutemen re-tied things up four minutes later, at 75:38, when Hellah Sidibe sent a free kick from the midfield stripe into the box where Brett Canepa headed it to the right of the goal and found Dan Sangster alone for the score. For the junior, it was his first career score.
But the momentum swung back to the home team just 71 seconds later when the Hawks were awarded a penalty shot that Santaga put past Frame for the eventual game-winner. Frame finished with four saves with all of those coming in the first 45 minutes. Tuumi did not stop a shot on goal in the contest.
UMass was unable to get another shot on goal despite penetrating deep into Hartford's back line on a number of occasions.
UMass will travel to New Hampshire (3-2-1) on Saturday night. The game with the Wildcats at Bremner Field is set to begin at 7 p.m.