Senior Salvatore Borea scored twice and the Vermont men's soccer team held off the UMass Minutemen to post a 3-2 victory in the final game of the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Windjammer Classic at Virtue Field on Sunday.
The Catamounts claimed the tournament title for the 11th time in its history. UVM senior Scott Kisling was named the tournament MVP and finished the weekend with a goal and an assist.
The Minutemen took a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute. On a set piece, Peter Albarenga set the ball in motion and Josh Schwartz's hard low drive found the far corner of the net.
The Catamounts were able to even the score with just five seconds remaining in the half. Kisling's initial header was deflected and Borea was there to clean up the rebound for his second career goal.
The Catamounts took a 2-1 lead in the 67th minute. Shane Haley sent a thru ball from the left wing into Danny Childs who was able to get behind the UMass defenders. Childs gathered the pass and beat UMass goalkeeper Nick Ruiz in a 1-on-1 situation. It was Childs' first career goal and Haley's first career point.
Borea added his second tally of the afternoon with another second chance opportunity. Ruiz blocked Brian Wright's initial shot and Borea was there again to clean up rebound to put UVM up 3-1.
UMass trimmed the lead back to one on Mark Morris' blast from 20 yards out that beat UVM goalkeeper Conor Leland just under the crossbar in the 87th minute.
The Catamounts were able to hold off the Minutemen over the final three minutes to pick up the win and remain unbeaten on the year. Vermont moves to 3-0-1 overall, while UMass falls to 0-3-1 on the year.
Ruiz was credited with five stops for UMass, while Leland made two saves for Vermont.
In the first game of the day, New Hampshire used a late first half goal to earn a 1-0 victory over Colgate.
Vermont hosts Central Connecticut on Wednesday (Sept. 11) at 4 p.m. at Virtue Field.
Courtesy: UVM Athletics
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