Men's Soccer Nipped By #14 Niners In OT, 2-1
Oct. 7, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - Playing its second straight against a nationally-ranked opponent, the UMass men's soccer team managed an early goal, but could not hold off #14 Charlotte, falling in overtime, 2-1, in the squads' Atlantic 10 opener Friday on Rudd Field. The setback leaves the Minutemen at 2-9-0 overall and 0-1-0 in the conference, while the 49ers improve to 8-2-0 on the year and 1-0-0 in A-10 matches.
In the 11th minute, UMass won a corner, which sophomore Brett Canepa played short to freshman Josh Schwartz along the edge of the 18-yard box. Schwartz's strike ripped through the traffic in front and past Klay Davis into the net to give the Minutemen a 1-0 advantage.
Just over 15 minutes later, Charlotte narrowly missed leveling the score. Guiseppe Gentile broke past the UMass defenders and found himself one-on-one with netminder Shane Curran-Hays. However, Curran-Hays came out to challenge and grabbed the attempted chip shot to deny Gentile.
Early on in the second half, UMass came close to taking a 2-0 lead as Davis was stripped of the ball to the right of goal, resulting in a service to Connor DeVivo in the box in front of a wide open net. DeVivo placed a header on target, but the shot was cleared off the line by a 49ers' defender.
Charlotte then managed to score the equalizer in the 66th minute. Donnie Smith's corner kick found Thomas Allen in the box who headed it home.
The contest took two overtime periods to decide with the 49ers recording the game-winning tally with 3:59 left on the clock. Evan James touched the ball over to T.J. Beaulieu, who played a ball through to Gentile in the box. Gentile then fired a low shot past Curran-Hays that tucked inside the far left post.
Charlotte finished the match with a 21-7 shot advantage and led in corner kicks, 12-5. Curran-Hays made eight saves for UMass, while Davis had one stop for the 49ers. Fouls were 18-16 against the Minutemen.
UMass will return to action on Sunday, Oct. 9, when the squad will play host to Saint Louis at 1 p.m. on Rudd Field.
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