HARTFORD, Conn. – The Dartmouth men’s soccer team battled to take its first win of the season over Hartford on Saturday night in overtime.
After last season’s 1-0 loss to Hartford, the road team was seeking redemption. Possessions were aggressive back and forth, with Dartmouth controlling a lot of tempo and outshooting the home team 15-5.
While there were chances to shoot, the ball just couldn’t seem to find the back of the net in the first 90 minutes of play, resulting in overtime.
The 1-0 win was reached only 49 seconds after the end of regulation. Freshman defender Matt Ranieri scored his first collegiate goal, heading a ball straight into the net, juniors Justin Donawa and Eduvie Ikoba were both on the assist.
This win moves the Big Green to 1-2-0 on the season while the Hawks fall to 1-4-1, and the series record is now tied at 2-2.
“I am proud of the group tonight,” said head coach Chad Riley. “Hartford posed us a big challenge and the team did a great job of pushing until we got the goal. There is certainly still room for improvement, but this is something we can build on. The captains did a great job of keeping us focused and determined.”
Ranieri now leads the team with one goal, while Donawa and Ikoba have one assist each. Freshman keeper Christopher Palacios stayed in the net for Dartmouth through overtime and recorded one save.
The Big Green are returning to their home field on Tuesday night to take on UMass at 7 p.m.