BOSTON, Mass.—Little East Conference rivals UMass Boston men's soccer and Eastern Connecticut State University played to a 0-0 double-overtime tie on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 0, Eastern Connecticut State 0 (2OT)
(UMass Boston 9-4-3, Little East 4-1-1)
(Eastern Connecticut State 7-6-3, Little East 1-3-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With Eastern Connecticut State content to sit back and defend for most of the afternoon, UMass Boston racked up 19 total shots, but had nothing to show for it.
Prior to Saturday's game, UMass Boston honored their six seniors: Adonis Mutambu (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo), Marcelo Cunha (Goiania, Brazil), Joshua Khang (Brockton, Mass.), Giovanni Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Gabriel Pereira (Minas Gerais, Brazil) and Daniel Morales (San Diego, Calif.). The Class of 2018 sits second in program history with their 57-17-13 overall record.
The two teams who came in on different ends of the LEC standings, were both looking for a huge win. Eastern Connecticut State's chances to reach the LEC Tournament ended Saturday afternoon with the tie, while the Beacons road to their third LEC Regular Season Title in four years became a little bit more difficult.
UMass Boston dominated possession in the first half, but had little to show for it. The Beacons best chance came midway through the half, when Khang sent a hard, low short towards the back post, but Ryan Murphy was able to make a diving save. UMass Boston's Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) was only forced to make one tough save of his own, as he had to dive low to make an early save on Danny Shayler.
The start of the second half was more of the same, with neither team generating many good looks.
Morales created the Beacons' best chance of the game in the 68th minute. He used a back-heel flick to find Jacob Higgins (Pembroke, Mass.) and then Higgins returned the ball to Morales inside the box. With a little of bit space 15-yards out, Morales pulled a low shot that went just past the far post to keep the score knotted at 0-0.
Eastern put a ton of pressure on the Beacons in the final two minutes, but the Beacons withstood three late corner kicks and a pair of long throw-ins, to force overtime.
UMass Boston recorded all seven shots and three corner kicks in overtime, but couldn't find a way past Murphy and the Warriors defense.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Warriors 19-11 and earned a 10-5 edge in shots on goal. The two teams ended up tied 6-6 in corner kicks.
- Castro-Dreher made five saves to post his fourth shutout of the year. Murphy earned his fifth shutout with a 10-save performance.
- With the tie, the Beacons and Warriors have now gone 2-2-2 against each other in the past five seasons.
- The Beacons will go into the final weekend of LEC play in first place at 4-1-1. They are just ahead of second-place Western Connecticut State University and Rhode Island College who both are 4-2.
- With the tie, Eastern Connecticut State will miss the LEC Tournament fo the first time since 2006.
UMass Boston will close out the LEC regular season on Saturday at 6 p.m., when they travel to take on Western Connecticut State University. The Beacons either need a win or a tie and a Rhode Island College tie or loss against Plymouth State University, to earn the number overall seed in the LEC Tournament.