BOSTON, Mass. – A Julio DaSilva (Icara, Brazil) goal in the 92nd minute gave men's soccer their biggest win of the 2018 regular season as they knocked-off Keene State College by the final of 2-1 in overtime Friday evening at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston (8-9-2, 5-1-2 Little East Conference)
Keene State College (12-5-0, 7-2-0 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a Yuran Teixeira (Praia, Cape Verde) penalty kick goal tied the match at 1-1 in the 85th minute, DaSilva sealed the victory when he blasted a point-blank shot just 108 seconds into extra time. Estevao Gomes (Fogo, Cape Verde) played the ball to his teammate, who was standing all alone on the far post waiting for the opportunity to clinch the victory for the Beacons.
With the win, UMB secures the third-seed in next week's conference tournament. The loss for the Owls costs them the regular season championship and the right to host the semi's and championship match on their home field. Eastern Connecticut State University slipped past the Owls with Friday's decision and a 2-0 win over Rhode Island College.
In what was perhaps the most physical and at moments controversial match of the year, UMB managed to persevere and earn the come-from-behind victory.
Keene State broke the scoreless draw in the 18th minute when Emmanuel Smith headed home a cross from Jacob Chiza to the near post. Keene State then nearly doubled their lead on back-to-back-to-back corner kicks but were denied on each attempt by Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.).
With the Beacons pressing in the final moments of regulation, they got the break they needed after the Owls were whistled for a foul in the box. Teixeira, who owned three penalty kick goals going into the match, nailed his fourth of the year as he completely faked out Anthony Paciuto.
The penalty kick goal shifted the momentum of the contest to the Beacons, which they used in the opening seconds of the overtime.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Friday's win marked the Beacons fifth in program history over Keene State
- UMB is now 3-1-2 against the Owls since the 2014 season
- Friday's match marked the fifth time in the last six meetings that the two teams went to overtime
- The overtime win over Keene State was the Beacons first since the 2006 season when they earned a 3-2 double overtime victory
- Castro-Dreher ended the contest with a season-high 10 saves, while Pasciuto made three stops
- Keene State led 19-11 in shots, 11-5 in shots on goal
- The Beacons had the only shot in the overtime period
- Combined there was 30 fouls between the two teams and six yellow cards handed out
- Friday's contest marked the final home regular season contest for the Beacons three seniors in Edson Marques (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Juan Nieto (Barquisimeto, Venezuela), and Eric Murakami (Sa Paulo, Brazil)
The Beacons will now host a first round tournament game on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at James Cotter Field.