Score: Dean College 4, Elms College 1
Records: Dean College (14-1-2, 6-1 NECC), Elms College (7-11, 5-2 NECC)
Location: Leary Field, Chicopee, Mass.
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Dean College scored two goals in each half and the visiting Bulldogs claimed at least a share of the regular season New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's soccer crown with their 4-1 win over Elms College on Saturday morning.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The game was scoreless until the 30th minute when Santiago Cardona (Revere, Mass.) connected with Cristiano Martins (Brockton, Mass.) for Martins seventh tally of the season at 29:36.
Dean actually had a chance to get on the board in the 13th minute, but Pepe Vieira (Brockton, Mass.) had his penalty kick turned aside by Blazer netminder AJ Oliviera.
It wouldn't happen a second time as the Bulldogs were awarded a penalty kick at 35:57 that Felipe Campos (Barnstable, Mass.) was able to convert, doubling the Dean advantage to 2-0 heading into halftime.
Elms came out with more energy in the second half and their raised level paid off when reserve senior Blake Fry caused a turnover and fed Babba Jaden for the Blazers' lone marker at 72:47, slicing the Bulldog advantage in half.
The Cardinal and White wasted little time pushing their lead back to two goals when Vieira assisted on Campos' league-leading 20th goal of the season in the 79th minute.
Dean tacked on another goal less than two minutes later when Cardona helped Vieira register his sixth goal of the season at 80:01.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
The Bulldogs held a 14-5 edge in shots and a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks. The match proved to be extremely physical with 25 fouls committed and six yellow cards handed out.
Nathan Silveira (East Providence, R.I.) stopped four shots in goal for Dean to improve to 10-0-2 on the season.
With the regular season complete, the Bulldogs will now await word on a possible selection into the USCAA National Tournament. That announcement will happen on Tuesday, October 31.