Men's Soccer Uses Strong Second Half To Down Fitchburg State

Stefanos Galouzis
Stefanos Galouzis

FITCHBURG, Mass.—Four Beacons scored and UMass Boston (2-2-1) earned their first winning streak of the season Thursday night with a 4-2 victory over Fitchburg State (1-3-1) at Elliot Field.

Reigning Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year Stefanos Galouzis (Watertown, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season and Douglas Silveira (Malden, Mass.) scored his second-straight game-winning goal for the Beacons.

Senior Brian Sanz (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) added his second goal of 2012 and junior defenseman John DeStefano (Auburn, N.H.) capped off the scoring with his first tally of the year.

Sophomore keeper Bryce Menard (Randolph, Mass.) earned the win in his first collegiate game with two saves.

UMass Boston took an early lead through the half time intermission, scoring one goal on eight shots in the first frame. Galouzis found the back of the net in the 20th minute of the match for the Beacons, taking a feed from senior Reyn Johnson (Mangilao, Guam) for his first goal of 2012.

In the second half, Fitchburg State quickly knotted the score (1-1) as sophomore James David crossed the ball from the right side and connected with senior Jason Pereira who hit home for his first goal of the season in the 55th minute.

UMass answered immediately, netting a goal off a corner kick just 3:47 later as Sanz picked up a deflection off a Falcon defender and buried the go-ahead marker for a 2-1 advantage.  Another ricochet score by Silvera and a 2-on-1 score by DeStefano capped the scoring for Beacons with a 4-1 margin.

For the contest, UMass Boston held a 17-9 advantage in shots and a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.

UMass Boston will travel to Keene, N.H. Saturday to take on Keene State in the two teams Little East Conference opener.