September 6, 2012

Men's Soccer and Emmanuel Play to 2-2 Draw

BOSTON, Mass. – After an early goal in the first and second half to give Emmanuel College (1-0-1) a 2-0 lead, men's soccer (0-1-1) battled back with a goal from Victor Hugo Costa (Malden, Mass.) and Brian Sanz (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) to force a 2-2 non-conference tie Thursday evening.

The goals from Costa and Sanz were the first of the year for both seniors.  Offensively Thursday's match-up was a one-sided affair with the Beacons firing off a combined 26 shots, 14 of which were goal, while holding Emmanuel to just 11 chances in the 110 minute contest.

Senior goalkeeper Brycen Dowd (Mansfield, Mass.) combined for four saves in the match, while his Emmanuel counterpart Garrett Charette finished with 12 stops.  Not only did UMass lead in total shots, but they also held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Thursday's match, which was a very physical affair, got off to a really rocky start for the Beacons who were looking for their first win of the season in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

David Field put the Saints out to the early 1-0 lead after connecting on a Danny Reichman pass which he drove to the near post in just the seventh minute of the contest.  That shot would be the only one for Emmanuel in the first 45 minutes of play, while the Beacons tallied 11 of their own. 

After the intermission, Field would take just one second longer than he did in the first half to find the back of the Beacons goal.  Kurt Pruner picked-up the assist after sending in a through ball that got past UMass defense.

Down but not out and with plenty of time to play in regulation, the Beacons ended the Saints shutout bid just four minutes after Field's second score when Costa drove home a free kick to make it just a one-goal affair. 

Almost 20 minutes would pass before the Beacons got the game-tying goal from Sanz, which was set-up by sophomore midfielder Douglas Silviera (Revere, Mass.). 

Now with the score tied 2-2, UMass' offense would pick-up the intensity and dominated the final 20 minutes of play.  However they were unable to break the goal line before the 90 minute mark. 

Both overtime periods would see chances from both squads, but neither was able to record the golden goal.  UMass would get off five shots in the final 20 minutes of play, with four of those ending up on goal.

Men's Soccer returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Husson University for a 3 p.m. match.