HANOVER, N.H. – It was a warm, night at Burnham Field on Wednesday when the Dartmouth men’s soccer team took down UMass Lowell 1-0.
In the 14th minute of play, senior Matt Danilack sent a quick shot to junior Eduvie Ikoba, who passed the ball to fellow junior Justin Donawa, who had one man to beat. Goalkeeper Austin Kroll had pulled out of the net and while trying to stop Donawa’s shot attempt, fell to the side and the Bermuda native continued past him. He shot the ball into the wide-open net and scored the only goal of the game.
The game proved to be chippy and aggressive, with an end total of three yellow cards on the River Hawks, one on the Big Green, and a total of 16 fouls. While the fouls created several free kicks and corner kicks, neither team could complete a scoring attempt again. Dartmouth outshot UMass Lowell 18 to five.
“Tonight was a very good performance against a quality UMass Lowell team,” said head coach Chad Riley. “They are an NCAA caliber team. I thought we were solid in all areas and were a little unfortunate to not get the second goal. Midweek games are always tough, but I give the entire squad credit, they were ready to compete tonight.”
There were two solid shot attempts by Donawa and Eduvie in the second half, but the first was too close and bounced off the post and the second shot Kroll was there to save.
This is the fourth straight win for the Big Green who improves to 4-2-0, while the River Hawks move to 4-2-1. Donawa’s goal was his first of the season and his fifth career, Danilack tallied another assist and now has two on the year, while Ikoba added his third assist of the season. Freshman keeper Christopher Palacios grabbed one save, and now has nine for the season.
Dartmouth will return to action this weekend, taking on Vermont at home on Saturday at 4 p.m.