Men's Soccer Downs Worcester State 4-2

Men's Soccer Downs Worcester State 4-2

WORCESTER, Mass.—After seeing their early 2-0 lead disappear by halftime, UMass Boston men's soccer scored two goals off corner kicks in the second half, to earn a 4-2 win over host Worcester State University Wednesday night.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 4, Worcester State 2

(UMass Boston 3-1-2)

(Worcester State 3-2)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Senior Marcelo Cunha (Goiania, Brazil) and junior Guilherme Barbosa (Saugus, Mass.) both scored in the second half to secure the midweek victory.

After being held scoreless for the first time since Opening Day on Saturday, the Beacons scored twice in the opening 30 minutes, to jump out to a 2-0 lead.

Freshman Alden Rosa (Dorchester, Mass.) recorded his first collegiate goal at 14:42 and sophomore Jake Davenport (Weymouth, Mass.) made it 2-0 at 28:37.

The hosts wouldn't back down though, as they used a penalty kick and a long throw-in to tie the game up before the break. Justin Echeverry scored for the Lancers from the spot and Mitch Myrthil headed home from close range off a long throw-in. 

Cunha led the Beacons with a goal and an assist in the win, while fellow senior Daniel Morales (San Diego, Calif.) recorded assists on the Beacons' final two goals of the contest. Sophomore Raffi DeSouza (Watertown, Mass.) was credited with an assist as well for UMass Boston.

In net, Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) improved to 2-1-2, after making one save on three shots.

Worcester State's Henri Guilmette made three saves on seven shots to fall to 1-1 on the year.

Rosa got the Beacons on the board early off a Cunha free kick. The Beacons center back lofted a deep ball towards the back post and Rosa poked it home for his first collegiate tally.

Davenport made it 2-0 15-minutes later thanks to his tremendous speed. DeSouza played a through-ball on the left side and Davenport beat the keeper to the near post to make it 2-0.

Echeverry cut the deficit to 2-1 at 32:11 with his penalty kick goal and Myrthil's header tied the game at 37:41.

Cunha broke the deadlock at 71:36. Morales sent a perfect corner kick into the box and Cunha rose up over the defense to head home his second goal of the year.

Barbosa tacked on an insurance goal with 69 seconds to play. With the Lancers defense slow to mark up, Morales sent a ball to the top of the six and Barbosa rose up all alone to head home his first goal of the year.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston earned a 24-8 edge in shots and 7-3 advantage in shots on goals.
  • The Beacons scored goals on all three of their corner kick opportunities.
  • Barbosa paced the Beacons with nine shots, but couldn't place one on target until his 89th minute goal.
  • UMass Boston improved to 6-3 all-time against the Lancers. The Beacons have won two in a row, including a 4-0 win over Worcester State in 2014.
  • The Beacons have scored exactly four goals in their three wins this season.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will look for their first Little East Conference win of the season on Saturday, when they host Plymouth State University at 4 p.m.