Men's Soccer Downs Falcons for Non-Conference Win
BOSTON, Mass. – Despite a late push which saw the Falcons of Fitchburg State University (3-2) cut men's soccer lead to one, the Beacons (4-2) managed to hang on and avenge their season opening loss as they defeated the Falcons by the final of 3-2 Thursday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Field.
The late rally by the Falcons came between the 75th and 77th minutes when Carmen Bordonaro and Mauro Giminez erased what was a solid lead for the Beacons following a pair of let downs in the back field. Luckily for UMass Boston a Rolando Barbosa (Fogo, Cape Verde) goal less than a minute before Fitchburg's first tally proved to be the deciding factor. The game-winning goal marked the fourth of the season for Barbosa and was assisted by Lenir Lima (Mindelo, Cape Verde).
Lima chipped the ball into the Falcons goal box, which Barbosa then headed down to the near post to make it 3-0 at the time. In the first half, it was Edmilson Barros (Boston, Mass.) who put UMB on the scoreboard in the 25th minute of the contest. His third goal of the campaign came off of a long pass from Dylan Hawkins (North Easton, Mass.), which he then pushed to the near post to put UMB out in front.
Ten minutes later Lima gave the Beacons some additional breathing room on his first career goal. The junior broke through the Falcons back line and rifled a shot to the near post that beat Fitchburg goalkeeper Colin Jepson. Jepson, who made his first start of the year on Thursday, totaled five saves in the loss, all of which came in the second half.
For the Beacons they started the match with Alfonso Rosales (Revere, Mass.) between the goal posts and after holding the Falcons scoreless through the first 45 minutes of play, UMB turned to Camilo Florez (Manizales, Colombia) to close out the contest. Rosales did not register a save in the victory, his fourth of the year, while Florez made one stop. Perhaps the biggest save of the afternoon came from Hawkins in the closing minutes of the second half.
After another weak clear by the Beacons, Bordonaro was able to receive a pass behind the defense setting up a one-on-one situation with Florez. With the ball still in the air, Bordonaro was able to touch it over a diving Florez leaving the goal completely open for the forward. Just as the ball left his foot in slid Hawkins, who deflected it just around the near post preserving the Beacons slim one goal lead.
That would be the last real threat from the Falcons as UMB was able to possess the ball for the final few minutes to remain undefeated on their home field in 2013. The loss ended Fitchburg's two shutout streak as they entered Thursday's match not having surrendered a goal in over 210 minutes of playing time.
On the day UMass Boston outshot their non-conference rivals 16-6, 8-4 in shots on goal. UMass also finished with a +2 advantage in corner kicks (7-5).
The Beacons return to action on Sunday when they travel to Newbury College. Start time is scheduled for noon.