FRAMINGHAM, Mass.—After seeing their lead cut in half, #4/8 UMass Boston men's soccer scored four goals in the final 27 minutes to win going away against host Framingham State University.
#4/8 UMass Boston 6, Framingham State 1
(UMass Boston 12-0-1)
(Framingham State 5-8)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In a game in which the hosts were giving the Beacons some stiff competition early on, Mohamed Kenawy (Revere, Mass.) and Edmilson Barros (Praia, Cape Verde) sparked the offense, en-route to a six-goal outburst.
Kenawy scored back-to-back goals in a 140-second span late in the second half. He finished the game with a team-best four points and needed just two shots to score his two goals. Barros was just as effective, as the senior had his hand in three of the team's six goals. He sent a perfect cross into the box in the first half that led to a Rams own goal and then added an assist and a goal in the second half.
In goal, freshman Aidan Carter (Weymouth, Mass.) earned his first collegiate win in his first collegiate start. The freshman keeper made a career-high seven saves on eight shots, including four stops in the first stanza.
Framingham State sophomore Simon Appiah provided the lone goal for the hosts, with a beautiful bending free kick over the wall in the second half. Corey Davidge fell to 1-5 in the loss, despite making a season-high 12 saves.
Barbosa gave the Beacons the lead at 11:31 against the flow of play. With the Rams coming out on fire and recording the first three shots of the game, Barbosa answered back with a blast off his right-foot at 11:31.
The Beacons pushed their lead to 2-0 at 30:44, when Barros sent a perfect centering ball into the box intended for Ocane Williamson (Spanish Town, Jamaica), but instead it was deflected home off a Rams defender.
Appiah would cut the deficit in half 15 minutes into the second half, when his free kick from 25-yards out just got past Carter.
The Rams goal seemed to be the spark UMass Boston needed, as they pushed their lead back to two goals just 2:24 later. Junior Calvin Smick (Wilmington, Del.) sent a perfect corner kick into the box and Cunha headed it past Davidge for a 3-1 lead.
UMass Boston blew the game open in the final 11 minutes, as Kenawy and Barros combined to score three times. Kenawy and Barros converted a give-and-go for the first goal, with Kenawy recording his 10th goal on the year at 79:28. Less than three minutes later, Kenawy pushed the lead to 5-1, when his thunderous strike from 25-yards out easily beat Davidge.
The Beacons tacked on their final goal at 86:09, when Barros raced onto the end of a Klismam Mendes (Fogo, Cape Verde) cross into the box and beat the keeper at the back post.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Wednesday's game was one of the closest statistical contests of the season for the Beacons. UMass Boston finished with slim leads in shots (23-21) and corner kicks (7-6), while easily amassing an 18-8 edge in shots on goal.
- Today's meeting was the first matchup between the two schools since 2010. UMass Boston improved to 22-8-1 all-time against the Rams and snapped a five-game losing streak.
- Carter becomes the third freshman goalie to earn a win for UMass Boston this year. He had faced just two shots on goal in his prior 122 minutes of action.
- Barros becomes just the fourth player in program history to record 30 goals. He also moved into a tie for third place in career assists (21) with Harold Jean-Baptiste ('90). Overall, he ranks fourth in program history with 81 career points, just two shy of Romeo Zeqo ('08) for third place.
UMass Boston will look to become the first team in program history to start a conference season 5-0-0, when they travel to conference foe Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.