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Adelabu Nets Two Leading Big Green Over UMass 2-0

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By John and Matt Risley

HANOVER, N.H.  –  For the first time this season, the Dartmouth men’s soccer team completed a contest in regulation time, defeating A-10 member Massachusetts 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Burnham Field.

Junior Alex Adelabu led the Big Green today, scoring two goals and attempted to convert on his third late in the contest. Freshman netminder James Hickok faced three shots to complete his first collegiate shutout and was credited with an assist on the second goal of the game.

Dartmouth played an all-around attack style and held the Minutemen off the board due to a tight defensive system. Scoreless throughout a majority of the first half, the Big Green sustained momentum in the 37th minute, rattling off three consecutive shots before Adelabu’s tally.  Junior Colin Heffron served a through ball just outside the box to Adelabu for his first of the season in the 43rd minute.  

Although outshot 6-5 in the opening frame, Dartmouth held the Minutemen to shots from long-distance, not forcing Hickok to make any uncharacteristic saves. In the 20th minute, Luke Pavone sailed a chip off the top of the crossbar and then moments later, Peter Alvarenga sent a low grounder into Hickok’s mitts.

In the second half, Dartmouth found the back of the net on an unconventional play due to the long boot of Hickok. The keeper punted a long ball deep down the field to the head of junior Stefan Defregger and finished by Adelabu in the 57th minute.

Looking to complete the hat trick, Adelabu re-entered the contest in the 83rd minute, but was double-teamed. Freshman Ricardo Gomez almost capitalized on the Massachusetts defensive strategy but Nick Ruiz made a save. Moments later, DeFregger received a pass from Adelabu but the shot went wide.

Ruiz finished with five saves for the Minutemen, who exit the contest on a six-game winless streak. Dartmouth completed its longest homestand of the season and were unbeaten in four games with back-to-back shutouts.

The Big Green will head to its southern-most destination in the regular season when they travel to meet a pair of Conference USA affiliate members, Kentucky and South Carolina in the South Carolina Tournament next weekend. The Green will return  to the Burnham Field for a three-game stand with Albany (Sept. 28), Vermont (Oct. 1) and Ivy League member Princeton (Oct. 5).