Sept. 15, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Boston men’s soccer team continued their winnings Thursday afternoon, as they defeated non-conference opponent Fitchburg State University (0-5) by the final score of 5-3 on the Clark Athletic Center Field.
With the win, the Beacons improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2005. Led by Stefanos Galouzis’ (Watertown, MA) two goals, the Beacons have now outscored their opponents 16-5 going into this weekend’s conference opener with Keene State College.
Galouzis wasted little time getting the Beacons on the scoreboard as he netted the matches first goal in the just the sixth minute of play. UMass actually found the back of the net in the first 30 seconds of play, but the goal was disallowed by the officials due to a foul by the Beacons.
After a Fitchburg goal in the 12th minute, Galouzis connected with Victor Rosario (Newton, MA) for the Beacons second score of the day. Rosario laid a perfect cross into the box, which Galouzis just crushed past the Falcons goalkeeper. However that momentum was short lived as the Falcons quickly tied the game at 2-2 just six minutes later.
It was not until the 24th minute when Victor Hugo Costa (Malden, MA) was able drive home a beautiful free kick that the Beacons were able to seize control of the contest. Following the halftime break, Reyn Johnson (Mangilao, Guam) drove home his second goal of the year to make it a two-goal game. Down but not out, the Falcons took advantage of a mental lapse in the Beacons defensive third to make it 4-3.
Even with that late score, the Beacons were able to battle back one more time to take the win as Douglas Silviera (Revere, MA) drove home the final goal of the game in the 66th minute. Assisting on what would be the game clinching score was Costa, who laid the ball off to Silviera, which he then blasted to the near post.
Junior Brycen Dowd (Mansfield, MA) continued his solid play in the net coming with six saves, two of which were tremendous diving saves. Falcons’ goalkeeper Patrick Harper totaled five saves in the loss.
In total, the Beacons combined for 22 shots, six of which dinged off the posts and crossbar. Fitchburg State tallied 13 shots, 10 of which came in the final 45 minutes of play. UMass held a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks.
Men’s Soccer will now face their toughest challenge of the season on Saturday when they host Keene State College at 1 p.m. on Clark Athletic Center Field.