Courtesy Vermont Sports Information
BURLINGTON –– The UVM men’s soccer team earned its 10th consecutive trip to the conference tournament with a 2-1 comeback win over UMass Lowell on Saturday afternoon at Virtue Field. The Catamounts stand at 9-5 overall and 4-1 in the league standings.
“I think our momentum right now is largely due to guys who didn’t see a lot of minutes early in the season but are playing critical roles now,” head coach Rob Dow said. “I’m proud of the way we responded today and it shows that we have a lot of character and mentally strong kids in our program.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The River Hawks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the fourth minute. Renato Kauzlaric intercepted a clear attempt in the attacking midfield, then sent a low feed into the box. Stanley Alves sprinted up the seam, gathered the pass, and buried the early score under a diving Aron Runarsson from 10 yards out.
UVM found the equalizer at the midway point of the opening frame. Jon Arnar Barðdal fought off a defender just past midfield and chipped a ball over the UML defense for Rasmus Tobinski. The Kiel, Germany native marched ahead for a short breakaway and buried a line drive into the top right corner of the net.
The Green and Gold tacked on another goal in the 38th minute. Standing near the UML bench, Frosti Brynjólfsson lofted a free kick towards the far post where Garrett Lillie headed a ball from the goal line back into the center of the box. Ívar Örn Árnason capped off the scoring chance with a low shot into the right side of the net for the eventual game-winning goal.
Brynjólfsson has recorded at least one point in four out of his last five games.
Runarsson finished the contest with two saves and picked up his 27th career victory, moving him into a third-place tie on UVM’s career wins list.
The Cats evened the all-time series with the River Hawks 2-2-3.
The match was Military Appreciation Day presented by Milton Cat.
With the victory, the Cats Win, Community Wins campaign and Vermont Mutual Insurance Group will donate $100 to Make-A-Wish Vermont; bringing this year’s total to 82 wins and $8,200.
Vermont will head to Holy Cross for the non-conference finale on Tuesday (Oct. 29). The opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Fans can catch all of the action on the Patriot League Network.