Men's Soccer Picks Up 3-2 Double Overtime Win Over Hartford
Sept. 14, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore Rob Charest's (Monson, Mass.) golden goal in the 104th minute gave the UMass men's soccer team its first win of the 2004 season as the Minutemen defeated Hartford 3-2 in double overtime.
"I just happened to be in the right place in the right time on that last goal," said Charest, who scored twice and had one assist. "The shot before rebounded straight to me off the post and I just put it in the goal. This win was big for us because it was a team effort."
UMass (1-3-0) scored first as junior forward Oral Bullen (Brooklyn, N.Y.) beat the goalkeeper from the top right corner of the box on a pass from Charest.
In the 48th minute, Charest scored the second goal of the game - a header off a cross from Bullen - for the Minutemen giving UMass a 2-0 halftime lead.
Hartford (2-3-0) scored twice in the second half to tie the game. The Hawks first goal came in the 61st minute when Alon Lubezky scored his sixth goal of the season from the top left of the box.
Harry Vasiliadis tied the game when he found the net for the Hawks in the 81st minute from five-yards out.
An offsides nullified a goal scored by Hartford's Sean Reynolds in the 83rd minute. The Hawks were denied another chance to score with eight-seconds remaining in overtime when Lubezky's shot from inside the box was saved by UMass defender Tim Kitchell (Pompton Plains, N.J.).
"This was a much needed win for our team," said head coach Sam Koch. "We played well and created chances. This helps get us our confidence back although we still need to identify our weaknesses and correct them."
UMass returns to action on Friday, Sept. 17 when the Minutemen host Siena at 2:00 p.m., to kick-off the UMass Classic Soccer Tournament at Rudd Field. For a complete schedule of the UMass Classic, go to www.UMassAthletics.com.