Oct. 30, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Senior forward Alex Cavallero (Lenox, MA) scored with 1:42 remaining in regulation to force an overtime before assisting on the game-winning tally in the first extra session to propel the University of Massachusetts Boston men's soccer team past Rhode Island College, 2-1, in the final regular season Little East Conference matchup this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center field on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons end their season on a high note, improving to 6-11overall and 3-4 in the Little East Conference, while the Anchormen fall to 10-6-1 and 4-2-1 in the LEC.
Cavallero ripped a shot from just outside the 18-yard box that had Rhode Island College junior goalkeeper Nic Clark (East Bridgewater, MA) beat to the far back post. The shot ricocheted of the crossbar to the feet of UMass Boston freshman forward Stefanos Galouzis (Watertown, MA) who calmly put home his league-leading 12th goal of the season on the rebound at 6:43 into the first overtime to lift the Beacons to the 2-1 victory and their first overtime win since four years ago to the day when they topped Keene State College, 3-2, in double-overtime.
Rhode Island College jumped ahead to a 1-0 lead just 5:26 into the match when junior midfielder Hector Espildora Fortuno (Malaga, Spain) struck a low driven corner kick into the Beacon's six yard box. The ball eluded the entire UMass Boston defensive unit and found the foot of junior forward Mike Patriarca (Warren, RI) who delivered a one-time volley into the back of the net for his eight tally of the season.
The 1-0 lead held until Cavallero netted the game-tying goal with under two minutes to play in regulation. The Beacons caught the RIC midfield flat footed following a shot attempt by the visitors and were able to transition the ball quickly into their attacking zone. The Beacons lone senior gave a give and go pass with sophomore midfielder Victor Costa (Malden, MA) before putting home his second goal of the season with a left footed strike that found the far post side netting to even the score at 1-1, setting up the overtime fireworks.
Cavallero's heroics came in his final game with UMass Boston. Prior to the start of the match, the Lenox, MA native was recognized for an outstanding career with the Beacons. He played in and started all 67 games of his career for UMass Boston to rank 11th all-time for career matches played. The two-time captain finished his career with 12 goals and four assists for 28 total points and was one of the program's most dedicated individuals throughout his tenure with the Beacons.
In net for UMass Boston, sophomore goalkeeper Brycen Dowd (Mansfield, MA) made three saves to earn his sixth victory of the season, the most by a Beacons keeper since the 2006 season while Clark finished the game with three saves for the Anchormen.
The match concluded the Beacons 2010 campaign while Rhode Island College will play next in the Little East Conference tournament in a semifinal match up on Wednesday, November 3 against Eastern Connecticut State University with the location to be determined.