NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – A four-goal first half, and a two-goal second carried the 20th ranked Beacons to a 6-0 win over MCLA in the championship game of the MCLA CIAO Classic Sunday afternoon.
#20 UMass Boston 6, MCLA 0
UMass Boston (5-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
It did not take long for the Beacons to get on the board against their non-conference opponent, and host Trailblazers. Less than five minutes in Arlindo Goncalves (Brockton, Mass.), netted the game-winning tally off of a Mohamed Kenawy (Revere, Mass.) pass. Less than three minutes later it Kenawy's turn to find the back of the net, as he fired home his second goal of the year on an unassisted play.
With the early lead and momentum in their favor, the Beacons had no problem containing MCLA. The Beacons midfield and backs handled every opportunity that the Trailblazers tried to put together. The Beacons all but secured the victory in the 26th minute with their leading scorer Ocane Williamson (Spanishtown St. Catherine, Jamaica) finding the back of the net, for his sixth goal of the 2016 campaign. Moments later it was Matt Coakley (Medway, Mass.) off the bench with his first marker of the new year to make it 4-0 going into the intermission.
After the break, Williamson struck again to make it a five goal game. With little to no chance of any comeback by MCLA, the Beacons put the final nail in the coffin with a goal by Gabriel Gomes-Pereira (Ipatinga, Brazil), on an unassisted play.
Defensively the Beacons completely shut down the Trailblazers limiting them to just eight shots, four on goal.
In goal Aidan Carter (Weymouth, Mass.) and collected his first career win as a Beacon after going the first 45 minutes of action. Sandro van Kuijck (Amsterdam, Netherlands) also saw time in goal, as he closed out the second half for UMass.
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the day, UMass posted 28 shots, 17 of which were on goal
- The two Beacons goalkeepers combined for just four saves in the win
- UMB held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks over MCLA
- The Beacons have not surrendered a goal in over 205 minutes of playing time, and already have four shutouts on the year
The Beacons will travel to Plymouth State University next Saturday for a 12 p.m. in the first Little East Conference game of 2016.