BOSTON, Mass.—Despite dominating in possession and chances, UMass Boston men's soccer fell 1-0 to visiting Salem State University Wednesday night at James Cotter Field.
Salem State University 1, UMass Boston 0
(UMass Boston 5-7-1)
(Salem State 8-1-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Salem State freshman Gabriel Meireles scored on a counter attack in the 77th minute, to extend the Vikings unbeaten streak to five in a row (4-0-1).
The defending Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Champions parked the bus for most of the evening, and were just waiting for their chance to counter against the host Beacons.
UMass Boston took advantage of the Vikings defense shell to post season-highs in shots (25) and corner kicks (12), but in the end they failed to really test Salem's Christopher Jimenez.
The junior keeper made four saves in each half to record his fourth shutout of the season.
On the Beacons side, junior Aidan Carter (Weymouth, Mass.) made his first start of the year for UMass Boston. Carter posted one save on two shots to fall to 0-1 on the season.
UMass Boston dominated the game through the first 75 minutes but struggled to get clear chances on goal. The majority of the Beacons best chances went just high or wide, as Jimenez gladly watched 17 of the Beacons' 25 shots miss the frame.
Junior Raffi DeSouza (Watertown, Mass.) had two of the Beacons best chances in the contest, as he ripped a pair of shots just wide of the far post on looks from the top of the 18.
The Beacons also had several chances off of corner kicks go just wide of the post and into the side netting.
Salem State made UMass Boston pay for their lack of finishing in the 77th minute. The Beacons started the play with a corner kick that bounced to John Santos (Brockton, Mass.), whose shot on the turf was cleared away by a defender. A long clearance bounced right at midfield, where Meireles battled with two Beacons backs. One of the players fell to the turf, allowing Meireles to race unabated into the box and right at Carter. The natural lefty slid a hard shot just inside the far post for a 1-0 advantage at 76:38.
The Beacons went on to record three more shots and one corner kick, but never really challenged Jimenez.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons outshot the Vikings 25-8 and held an 8-2 advantage in shots on goal. UMass Boston also led 12-1 in corner kicks.
- Over their past three games, UMass Boston has allowed just five total shots on goal.
- Meireles' goal snapped UMass Boston's shutout streak at 357:50. The Beacons had not allowed a goal since the ninth minute against Western Connecticut State University on September 22.
- Salem State continues to be a strong second-half team. The Vikings have scored 12 of their 18 goals in the second half.
- With the loss, UMass Boston saw their four-game win streak against the Vikings come to an end. The Beacons trail in the all-time series 22-8-1.
UMass Boston will host the University of Southern Maine on Saturday at Noon in a Little East Conference contest.