BOSTON, Mass.—Jake Higgins (Pembroke, Mass.) and Jake Davenport (Weymouth, Mass.) both scored and UMass Boston men's soccer dominated possession, to earn their third-straight Little East Conference victory.
UMass Boston 2, University of Southern Maine 0
(UMass Boston 7-2-2, Little East 3-1)
(Southern Maine 5-6-1, Little East 0-3-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons scored one goal in each half and limited the Huskies to just two chances and five total shots in their third-straight overall win.
Higgins scored the first goal of his junior season and just his second collegiate goal to open the scoring just past the half-hour mark. Davenport added a key insurance goal at 73:54, when he recorded his team-leading fifth goal of the year.
In net, sophomore goalie Aidan Carter (Weymouth, Mass.) earned his first conference win of the year by making one save on one shot.
Southern Maine's Richard Glemawu made seven saves on nine shots to continue his strong freshman campaign.
The Beacons dominated possession and the chances throughout, but struggled to break a down a Southern Maine side that put 9-10 bodies behind the ball and played extremely physically.
Southern Maine put together the first great chance of the game in the sixth minute. A Husky sent a through ball ahead to Joseph Kalilwa who was one-on-one with Carter in the box, but Kalilwa sent his shot well wide of the target.
The Beacons made the Huskies pay in the 32nd minute. Murakami beat the defense along the left side of the field and floated a cross through the six-yard box that Higgins headed down into a wide-open net.
Jonathan Bobe nearly tied the game in the 42nd minute, but Carter made a sprawling save to keep the Huskies off the board.
UMass Boston came out even stronger after the break and held the Huskies to just one shot.
The Beacons had two great chances in tight on low crosses into the box, but Eric Verdú (Hyde Park, Mass.) and Daniel Morales (San Diego, Calif.) both sent shots off target.
Glemawu also added a phenomenal save to rob Joshua Khang (Brockton, Mass.) in the 66th minute. Khang ripped a shot from 25-yards out that was ticketed for the top-right corner, but Glemawu tipped the ball onto the bar.
Davenport put the game out of reach at 73:54. Cardoso played the ball forward for Martinez who sprung Davenport in on goal. With Glemawu coming out to challenge Davenport, Davenport slid the ball past Glemawu just inside the far post.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Huskies 16-5 and held a 9-1 edge in shots on goal. The Beacons also earned a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.
- Murakami has now recorded an assist in his last three games.
- UMass Boston improved to 19-14-2 all-time against the Huskies and earned their fifth-straight win in the series.
- With Keene State's loss to Plymouth State, UMass Boston moved into a tie-way tie for first place with Rhode Island College at 3-1. The Beacons hold the tiebreaker over the Anchormen due to their 2-1 overtime win against Rhode Island College last week.
- Freshman Roman Davis (Watertown, Mass.) made his collegiate debut in the victory.
The Beacons will face one of their toughest tests of the fall on Tuesday night, when they take on #20 Springfield College. The Pride entered Saturday's play with a perfect 9-0 record.