AMHERST, Mass. - Junior midfielder Justin Chew scored his first goal of the season less than two minutes into overtime to lead the Richmond men's soccer team past Massachusetts, 2-1, in their road finale on Saturday at Rudd Field in Amherst, Mass. The Spiders' match with the Minutemen was moved up a day due to winter weather concerns in the Northeast corridor.
"It feels good to get the win," said head coach
Clint Peay. "It was a tough day having to play after our game last night. We
had a good first half and should have done better with some of our attacks. I
think our tired legs showed a bit in the second. Justin Chew had a great
individual run to get the game winner in overtime."
The Spiders (3-12-1, 2-5-0 A-10) struck first midway through the first half on the heels of junior midfielder Houston Oldham's (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) second goal in as many days. The play was set up by senior forward Ben Brewster (New Hampton, N.H./New Hampton School), who connected with Oldham in the 34th minute on a cross into the box from the left side.
UMass (4-12-2, 2-4-2 A-10) responded seven minutes into the second half when senior defender Chris Gilbert broke free on the left side and sent a cross into freshman midfielder Robert Sena, who found the back of the net at the 52:32 mark to even the score.
With both sides coming up empty the remainder of regulation, Chew (Moraga, Calif./Campolindo) played hero in the extra session when he escaped down the middle past the Minutemen backline and netted the golden goal to give the Spiders a win in their road-finale.
Sophomore goalkeeper Brown finished the match with five saves, while his UMass counterpart Shane Curran-Hays also stopped five shots on the afternoon.
The Minutemen doubled up the Spiders with a 24-12 advantage in the shots column and held a 7-2 edge in corner kicks.
With their five-match road swing having finally come to a close, Richmond now returns to the friendly confines of Robins Stadium on Friday to host Duquesne at 7 p.m. Stay up to date on all the latest Spider men's soccer news and notes right here on RichmondSpiders.com and by following the team on Twitter, @UR_MensSoccer.
RICHMOND AT MASSACHUSETTS
Rudd Field - Amherst, Mass.
Oct. 29, 2011
Richmond 1 0
1 - 2
UMass 0 1 0 - 1
Shots: UR 8 3 1 - 12, UM 10 14 0 - 24
Corner Kicks: UR 1 1 0 - 2, UM 4 3 0 - 7
Goalkeepers: UR: Zac Brown - 5 SV, 1 GA, 91:55, W; UM: Shane Curran-Hays - 5 SV, 2 GA, 91:55, L
Fouls: UR 5, UM 11
Offsides: UR 1, UM 4