Men's Soccer Knocks Off Dayton 3-2 In Overtime
Oct. 15, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Freshman Mike Mingione (New Fairfield, Conn.) scored the game-winning golden goal in the 94th minute for UMass as the Minutemen knocked off Dayton 3-2 in overtime on Friday afternoon at Rudd Field. Dayton entered the match as one of three teams tied for first-place in the Atlantic 10.
"This match speaks to the character of our team after being without three of our top players. It was a gutsy performance," said head coach Sam Koch. "Craig Canavan (Chicopee, Mass.) did a great job in our defensive back maintaining our organization and giving a great effort for the entire game. I though Nick Billman (St. Louis, Mo.) had another good game in the goal making some excellent saves."
Mingione's goal gave UMass its second consecutive victory in league play improving the Minutemen to 5-6-2 overall and 2-1-2 in the A-10. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for Dayton who falls to 6-5-1 overall, 3-2-0 in the A-10.
Following a Dayton turnover at the top of the box, freshman Greg Cirillo (Warren, R.I.) gave a short touch pass to Mingione who tucked the ball just inside the right post past an outstretched Matt Troop. The goal was Mingione's second of the season.
Dayton scored first when Omar Jarun collected a deflected shot off Billman just outside the goal and flicked it home in the 26th minute of play.
UMass answered with two goals in a span of 23 seconds to take a 2-1 lead.
In the 30th minute, junior Oral Bullen (Bronx, N.Y.) scored his sixth goal of the season on a header after Mingione found him streaking towards the goal.
The Minutemen then turned defense into offense as sophomore Richie Higa (Honolulu, Hawaii) scored his second goal of the season putting the ball just inside the right post.
UMass had a chance to take a 3-1 lead when junior Ernie Billittier's (Mundelein, Ill.) shot found the net, but the played was negated by an offsides call.
The Flyers tied the game in the 80th minute to force the overtime period when Tye Stebbins scored for the eighth time this season. Stebbins placed a shot just inside the top-right corner of the goal to knot the game at two each.
Dayton outshot UMass 17-to-10 for the game and held an 8-to-4 advantage on corner kicks.
Billman improves to 3-3-1 on the season after stopping five shots in the net for the match. Troop had three saves in the loss for the Flyers.
The win now improves UMass to 4-2-0 at Rudd Field for the season and 4-1-2 overall in overtime matches.
Massachusetts returns to action on Sunday when the Minutemen face Xavier at Rudd Field. The match is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start.