Seahawks blank Corsairs for third straight victory

Seahawks blank Corsairs for third straight victory

Salve Regina 4, UMass Dartmouth 0
Newport, R.I. - Reynolds Field
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Salve Regina University men's soccer team scored three goals in the first fifteen minutes of the second half to break open the game versus visiting UMass Dartmouth en route to a 4-0 victory Wednesday at Reynolds Field. 

Series and Streaks
This was the 24th meeting between the two teams. The Corsairs still own a 15-6-3 record in the all-time series, however the Seahawks snap a two-game losing streak versus UMass.

Three Stars of the Game

  1. Salve Regina junior Matthew O'Donnell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored back-to-back goals at 50:28 and 57:16.
  2. Salve Regina junior Jordan Elster (Sutton, Mass.) scored the game's first goal at 12:01 and later handed out an assist.
  3. Salve Regina senior Jared Warren (Georgetown, Mass.) scored at 59:05, the final goal of Salve Regina's 3-0 run to open the second half.

Key Stat of the Game
Salve Regina had nine of the first ten shots in the second half.

Turning Point
The Seahawks led 1-0 at half-time and dominated the first fifteen of the second half, scoring three goals in that span. First Matthew O'Donnell scored on a line shot from 18 yards away off a feed from sophomore Donald Igo (Needham, Mass.), then O'Donnell added an unassisted score when he picked off a clearance attempt by the Corsairs above the box, juggled it twice with his right foot, then booted it towards the goal, looping it over the keepers head. Jared Warren capped the scoring run by stealing the ball from a Corsairs back, and ripping a quick shot on net for a 4-0 Seahawks advantage.

Quick Hits

  • Salve Regina has now won three straight, all shutouts, and already matched last season's win total.
  • Salve Regina has outscored its opponents 11-0 during the last three games.
  • Michael Payan (Fort Lee, N.J.) made three saves in the contest to improve to 4-1-0 on the season in net for the Seahawks
  • Mike Tranghese (Monson, Mass.) took the loss for the Corsairs, making two saves while allowing four goals in 64:41 of action before being replaced by sophomore Danny Andrade (New Bedford, Mass.) who did not record a save in 25:19 of game time.

"We did well today in terms of executing the things that we had talked about leading up to this match; Our third game in five days and we knew that we would be on heavy legs. And this was contrasted in our opponent who had not played since September 2 and was on 11-days of rest.  I thought we did well throughout the match fighting through the fatigue and executing in all areas of the field.  Several of our new players have come into the program and elevated us in more ways than just on the field.  Adding a talent and soccer IQ the likes of a Donald Igo makes everyone on the team better, and when you make Matt O'Donnell even better and surround him with technically capable and tactically aware players, it's a catalyst to a winning formula.  Then we have the likes of a Jordan Elster contributing on both ends of the field today, tracking down our opponents runs and adding a goal and an assist, including the eventual game-winner.  It's honestly a fun time to be a part of Salve Regina Men's Soccer". - head coach Craig O'Rourke II

Next Up
Salve Regina (4-1-0) - plays at Curry College on Saturday, September 16 (2 p.m.) in the teams first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) match of the season.
UMass Dartmouth (0-3-0) - hosts Plymouth State on Saturday, September 15 (1 p.m.)