Courtesy Vermont Sports Information
BURLINGTON – The UVM men’s soccer team used a 2-0 shutout over Central Connecticut State to secure the 2018 Peter Baldwin Memorial Classic crown on Sunday afternoon. The tournament was presented by Morgan Stanley. The Catamounts have won four straight games and improve to 5-1 while CCSU drops to 0-4 on the year.
“We beat a team that’s difficult to score on and won our first championship of the season,” head coach Rob Dow said. “With us trying to figure out combinations, it was good for Jon, Geo, and Justin to get some time together. They all got on the board this weekend and I’m excited to see them continue as one of the top trios in the conference.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Geo Alves wasted very little time helping the Catamounts jump out in front. The senior tallied his fourth goal of the year in the seventh minute. Justin Freitas chipped a feed into the box for Alves, who lofted the go-ahead score into the left side of the net.
Alves tried to add an insurance goal in the 77th minute but his attempt hit the crossbar. Jon Arnar Barðdal was in position for the header on the rebound but CCSU goalie Carson D’Ambrosio (7 saves) came up with the save.
In the 83rd minute, Alves was on the attack again and ripped a shot on frame but his shot deflected off the crossbar once more.
Two minutes later, Barðdal sealed the victory with his second goal of the year. A CCSU defender tried to away a ball with a header, but Barðdal collected the loose ball and finished with a strike from 20 yards out.
Freitas was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. He tallied two goals and one assist over the weekend.
Vermont keeper Clay Thomas posted his second straight shutout and recorded one save.
UVM has won the Peter Baldwin Memorial Classic twice in the last three years. The Catamounts outscored their opponents 6-0 in this year’s tournament.
With the victory, the Cats Win, Community Wins campaign and Vermont Mutual Insurance Group will donate another $100 to the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, bringing this year’s total to 66 wins and $6,600.
Vermont will head to Colgate on Sunday (Sept. 16). The opening kickoff is set for 4 p.m. Fans can watch the match for free on the Patriot League Network.