It was another frustrating outing on Friday for the UMass Minutemen, dropping to (1-10-1) on the year against Dayton (6-3-3-) in a lopsided 4-1 loss.
UMass started the game off with a different formation, opting to play senior defender Matt Keys as the target forward with a defensive diamond behind him. However, UMass was not able to break up the fluid possession game of the Flyers and failed to get a foothold in the opening stages. Dayton got on the board first when Rafael Gamboa scored in the 16th minute on a shot from the left side of the UMass box. James Haupt scored the second just three minutes later from 10 yard out. Greg Enstone tripled the damage for UMass scoring in the 31st. With the game effectively iced at 3-0, Dayton pushed for more and drew a penalty kick in the 38th minute of play. Amass Amankona stepped up to take the spot-kick and calmly finished making the lead 4-0.
Despite conceding four early goals, the Minutemen came out strong in the second period and looked positive going forward, outshooting the Flyers 8-4 in the half. They were rewarded for their high-pressure attack in the 84th minute when junior midfielder Peter Alvarenga's shot deflected into the net to save the Minutemen from suffering a shutout.
UMass won't have time to hang their heads as they will be back in action on Sunday taking on to No. 20 Saint Louis.