Second-Half Surge Sends #15 Men's Soccer Past Wentworth

Second-Half Surge Sends #15 Men's Soccer Past Wentworth

BOSTON, Mass.—Behind a three-goal second half, #15 UMass Boston men's soccer cruised to a 4-1 win over crosstown rival Wentworth Institute of Technology Monday night at Sweeney Field. 

THE BASICS

#15 UMass Boston 4, Wentworth 1

(UMass Boston 2-0-2)

(Wentworth 2-3)


HOW IT HAPPENED

The Beacons scored three goals in an 18-minute span of the second half, thanks to strong play from senior Daniel Morales (San Diego, Calif.) and junior Guilherme Barbosa (Saugus, Mass.).

Morales set up the game-winning goal and tacked on an insurance goal, while Barbosa recorded assists on the Beacons' third and fourth tallies.

Senior Giovanni Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil), junior Denis Martinez (Chelsea, Mass.) and freshman Yuran Teixeira (Praia, Cape Verde) all scored for the Beacons in the win.

In net, Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) earned his first win of the season. The sophomore stopped four of five shots to improve to 1-0-2 on the year.

Wentworth's Joe Kalil scored five minutes before half to even the score for the hosts. Joe Schallmo made five saves on nine shots off the bench for the Leopards, after starting keeper Matthew Sekerak was forced out of the game in the 17th minute.

Wentworth got off to a strong start in the contest, but it would be the Beacons who found the back of the net first. Martinez ripped a shot from 30-yards out that bent from the middle of the field into the far-right corner for a 1-0 lead at 27:14. Freshman Mauricio Martinez (Revere, Mass.) was credited with his first collegiate assist on the play.

UMass Boston would keep the momentum going, only to see the Leopards score against the run of play. Noah Martins' original shot caught the post, but the rebound bounced out to Kalil-who slotted home to tie the game at 1-1 at 40:43.

The Beacons would come out of the half rejuvenated. On their third shot of the half, Teixeira blasted a shot into the top-left corner to make it 2-1. Morales recorded an assist on the goal at 54:50.

Lima tacked on an insurance goal just under 15-minutes later. Barbosa raced through the defense on the left side and forced the keeper to come off his line. The junior's initial shot was stopped by Schallmo, but the rebound slid over to Lima, who was easily able to finish from 12-yards out to make it 3-1 at 69:09.

Morales closed out the scoring 3:47 later. Barbosa again was responsible for setting up the tally. This time he started with the ball 30-yards from net and drove past three defenders towards the right-side of the box. Just before getting to the goal line, he ripped a cross into the middle of box for Morales, who blasted a one-time shot into the right side of the net.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • The Beacons outshot the Leopards 17-15 and earned a 10-5 edge in shots on goal.
  • With the win, UMass Boston improved to 5-0 all-time against Wentworth. Jake Beverlin's squad has defeated the Leopards in each of the past four years, and has outscored Wentworth 14-4 during that span.
  • Teixeira recorded his first collegiate goal in the win, while Martinez' assist was his first career point.
  • After scoring two goals in their first two games, the Beacons have scored four goals in each of their past two games.

WHO'S NEXT

#15 UMass Boston will open Little East Conference play on Saturday at 4 p.m., when they host Keene State College.