Men's Soccer Downs Rival Anchormen 2-0

Men's Soccer Downs Rival Anchormen 2-0

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Freshmen Riven Rodrigues (Brockton, Mass.) and Gerardo Castaneda (Providence, R.I.) each scored in the second half to lead UMass Boston men's soccer past rival Rhode Island College 2-0. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 2, Rhode Island College 0

(UMass Boston 7-9-2, Little East 4-1-2) 

(Rhode Island College 3-9-2, Little East 1-5-1) 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

After a scoreless first 45 minutes, Rodrigues broke the deadlock just 47 seconds into the second half with his third goal of the season. 

Castaneda added a key insurance goal in the 84thminute, to help UMass Boston earn their fourth-straight regular season win over the Anchormen. 

In net, junior Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) was forced to make just two saves to earn his fifth shutout of the season. 

Rhode Island College sophomore keeper Charlie Tashjian made three saves on five shots to fall to 3-9-2. 

Neither side could get anything going in the first half, with Rhode Island College earning a slight 3-1 edge in shots. 

The Beacons came out of halftime and immediately struck, as Rodrigues scored 47 seconds after the second half started. Sophomore Mauricio Martinez (Cali, Colombia) boomed a free kick from just outside his own box to the top of the Anchormen's box and Rodrigues ran onto the end of the pass, before looping a shot over Tashjian who was off his line. 

UMass Boston secured the victory at 83:13. Freshman Jonathan Rodrigues (Brockton, Mass.) threaded a pass through two defenders for Castaneda, who rifled a shot inside the near post from 15-yards out. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Rhode Island College held a 7-6 edge in shots and 4-2 lead in corner kicks. 
  • Castro-Dreher has recorded four of his five shutouts in conference play. He has allowed just four goals in seven conference starts (0.55 GAA).
  • UMass Boston has won seven of the past eight meetings against the Anchormen, with the only loss coming in last year's Little East Conference Semifinals. Rhode Island College leads the all-time series 22-17-2.
  • Saturday's win snapped the Beacons three-game winless streak. 
  • With the win, UMass Boston sits in sole possession of third-place in the LEC Standings with one game to play.

WHO'S NEXT  

UMass Boston will host Keene State College next Saturday at 4 p.m. for Senior Day. The Beacons will honor their three seniors prior to the contest.