HANOVER, N.H.- The Dartmouth men's soccer team took on the Haitian national team in the first of its three spring games on Friday (April 20) in front of a capacity crowd at Burnham Field.
The game was fairly evenly played in the first half with both teams playing to a clean scoresheet. The Haitian team had one nice opportunity in the first half that Dartmouth goalkeeper Noah Cohen (Johannesburg, South Africa) stymied. The second half featured a ramped up Dartmouth offense, that took several shots but the Haitian defense managed to keep Dartmouth off the scoreboard.
Alex Adelabu (Houston, Texas) scored the lone goal of the game in the 63rd minute from just inside the 10-yard box to put Dartmouth ahead, 1-0. The Haitians tried to tie the game but the Dartmouth defense held on for the victory.
Head coach Jeff Cook summed up the night
"I'm really pleased with the performance of our young team," said Cook. It was a challenge but I thought as the game went on we grew in confidence and particularly we were able to use the ball more effectively. Alex Adelabu had a great goal and Teo Larsson-Sax had a terrific game in the back but I think more important than the result was teaming up with Partners in Health and recognizing the ongoing help in Haiti, we're really proud to be involved in that, so overall it was a terrific night here at Dartmouth.
Junior Kevin Dzierzawski (Oakland Township, Mich.) talked a little bit about the atmosphere and the experience of taking on a national team.
"It was an absolutely incredible experience," said Dzierzawski " I had the privilege of playing the Haitian team last year and as great as an experience as it was last year, we didn't get the win, so this year to get the win against a national team is an incredible experience and makes the event that much sweeter.
Dartmouth will take on the Cape Verde Select Team on Sunday (April 22) at Burnham Field at 4 p.m.