Minutemen Cruise to Sixth Straight Win
Oct. 13, 2002
BRONX, N.Y. - The UMass men's soccer team continued its early march through the Atlantic 10 Conference with Sunday's impressive 3-0 win over Fordham. The win moves UMass' record to 8-4-0 overall and 4-0-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Senior forward Jeff Deren (Chicopee, Mass.) scored his first goal of the game and 11th of the season at the 5:13 mark of the first period. Deren headed in a perfect cross from Dan Colwell (Spencer, Mass.) that beat the Fordham goalkeeper to the right top corner for a 1-0 lead.
The Minutemen made it 2-0 just eight minutes later when the Colwell to Deren connection worked again. Deren scored his 12th goal of the season with a short shot past a diving Ram goalkeeper.
That was all the Minutemen needed as the defense tightened and held Fordham to nine shots for the entire game. UMass outshot the Rams, 19-9. Enzo Altomare (Derby, Conn.) and Colin Burns (Newark, Del.) shared time in the nets, earning a shared shutout. The shutout was the fourth in the last five games for the Minutemen.
UMass returns home next Friday for a 3:30 p.m. game against Duquesne at Rudd Field. The Minutemen are off to their best A-10 start since beginning 4-0-0 in 1994, en route to the school's first regular-season crown.