Minutemen Score Late To Defeat Navy
Sept. 14, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Senior Dan Colwell's (Spencer, Mass.) goal with just under four minutes to play broke a 1-1 tie and propeled the Minutemen to a 2-1 victory over Navy on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Rudd Field. The win gives UMass the UMass adidas Classic title, and improved its record to 3-2-0 overall. The Minutemen were the only team to post a 2-0-0 record in the tournament.
The two teams battled to a scoreless first half, but not without several chances. The Minutemen were on the offensive end for the majority of the half, but couldn't solve Navy goalie, Frank DiFilipo. The Navy goalie made two saves in the first 45 minutes, but also received help as the Minutemen hit the crossbar twice.
UMass then broke through in the 61st minute. Ptah Myers (Columbus, Ohio) played a short cross to the near right post, in which Oral Bullen (Brooklyn, N.Y.) chested into the back of the net in front of DiFilipo, who was caught out of position. The goal was Bullen's third of the season, and came at the 60:26 mark.
After Navy tied it on a Carter Stapleton goal just eight minutes later, the game appeared being headed for overtime. But UMass kept the pressure on, and Colwell earned the game-winning goal with a 10-yard rocket from the left slot. Colwell received a pass from Bullen, who in turn rifled the ball into the top left corner as DiFilipo was caught out of position at the 86:08 mark. The Minutemen then ran out the clock and earned their sixth UMass adidas Classic in 10 tries.
Four Minutemen, Colwell, Bullen, Chris Camerota (Norwell, Mass.) and Myers, were named to the All-Tournament team, with Bullen being named Outstanding Offensive Player and Camerota earning Outstanding Defensive Player.
The Minutemen remain at home with a key regional battle against a strong Boston U. team on Wednesday, Sept. 17, starting at 3:30 p.m.