October 10, 2012

Emerson Sneaks by Men's Soccer in Double OT

BOSTON, Mass. – With a goal from Ole Erikson in the 101st minute men's soccer dropped their sixth one-goal decision of the season as the host Lions of Emerson College edged the Beacons by the final of 3-2 Wednesday evening in a non-conference match.

Erikson's game-winning tally came off of an Adam Halliday assist at the 100:29 mark.  Halliday slid a pass in behind the Beacons defense, which Erickson tapped into the back of the goal on a one-timer securing the non-conference win for the Lions.  With the decision Emerson, improved to 7-7 on the season, while men's soccer fell to 3-8-2 overall.

The goal marked the only shot of the double overtime period and gave the Lions a very slim 17-16 edge on the night.  Both squads got-off a pair of shots in the first overtime, while in regulation Emerson held a 9-6 advantage in the first half.  In the second half it was UMB who led in shots as they tallied three more than their non-conference opponents (8-5).

UMass Boston forced the overtime when Alejandro Lazalde (Monterrey, Mexico) drove home the then game-tying goal with less than five minutes to play in regulation.  Assisting on the goal was Brycen Dowd (Mansfield, Mass.).  Dowd's assist marked the second straight game where the former goalie turned offensive threat recorded at-least one point.  On Saturday, Dowd tallied a pair of goals in the tough conference loss to UMass Dartmouth.

In the first half it was Emerson who broke the 0-0 tie when Juan Ossa netted the game's first score less than 20 minutes into the contest.  From there the two teams would battle for control and the next goal. Unfortunately for UMB it was Emerson who found the back again this time in the 41st minute.

However despite trailing by two, UMass would shift the momentum back in their favor when Lucas Ordosgoitia (Cartagena, Colombia) drove home the first goal of the night for the Beacons to cut the deficit in half.  Assisting on the goal was Kelvin Martinez (East Boston, Mass.)

As a team, UMB dominated the evening in corner kicks totaling 14 on the night, while Emerson recorded just four, three of which came in the first half.  In goal Bryce Menard (Randolph, Mass.) tallied eight stops on the night.

Men's Soccer returns to action on Saturday when they travel to No. 25 Eastern Connecticut State University for a 1 p.m. Little East Conference match.