WALTHAM, Mass. – UMass-Lowell handed the Bentley men's soccer team its first Northeast-10 loss of the season on Tuesday afternoon by a score of 2-1.
The loss snaps Bentley's three-match winning streak and drops their record to 4-2-1 overall and 3-1 in the NE-10. The River Hawks have now won three straight and improve to 4-4 and 4-2 in league play.
With the Falcons missing four regular starters from the lineup, UML took advantage early and grabbed a 1-0 lead after just four-plus minutes on senior Mohammed Saeed's third goal of the season. Saeed was opportunistic on the goal, as he collected the rebound from a shot by Daniel Galvin that hit the post and knocked the ball in.
Bentley had a golden opportunity to tie the score in the 34th minute after a UML turnover in its own end led to a breakaway for junior Matthew Leibowitz (Holliston, Mass./Worcester Academy), but keeper Chris Maierle aggressively came out to deny the chance.
The equalizer did come for the Falcons right before halftime though on sophomore Cody Osgood's (Harvard, Mass./The Bromfield School) first goal of the year. Junior Riley Rodgers (Hollis, N.H./Hollis Brookline) sent a long ball from well in his own end to Osgood, and a misplay by the UML defense allowed Osgood an open shot on Maierle for the goal.
The River Hawks went ahead through freshman Homero Morais' goal in the 61st minute, but Bentley sent everyone forward in the final minutes in search of the equalizer. The best chance came with nine-plus minutes left after Bentley blocked a goal kick from Maierle, and the ball came to junior Weston Zeiner (North Granby, Conn./Granby Memorial) for an open shot that went just wide to the far post.
Bentley had two corner kicks in the final five-plus minutes, but nothing came of them and UML held on for the victory.