BOSTON, Mass. – With three different players finding the back of the net No. 12/16 men's soccer picked-up a crucial Little East Conference win as they defeated Western Connecticut State University by the final of 3-1 Saturday evening at James Cotter Field.
#12/16 UMass Boston 3, Western Connecticut State University 1
UMass Boston (14-1-1, 5-1 Little East Conference)
Western Conn. State (5-9-1, 3-3 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With Saturday's win the Beacons now need just one more win to claim their second Little East Conference regular season title in the last three seasons. The Beacons had to rally from early 1-0 deficit, with Chancey Allers scoring on an unassisted goal.
Less than seven minutes in, Allers was able to knock the ball past Beacons goalkeeper Aidan Carter (Weymouth, Mass.) as it bounced around in the box, with no Beacons back able to clear it out. The Colonials actually dominated the momentum early, and with the early tally had everything going in their favor.
All of that changed however in the 17th minute when Joshua Khang (Brockton, Mass.) record his eight marker of the year to even the score at 1-1. The Brockton native off of a pass from Ocane Williamson (Spanishtown St. Catherine, Jamaica) found a lane and ripped a perfectly placed shot that beat Colonial goalkeeper Luca DiCarlo.
The score would remain even at 1-1 despite some solid chances from both squads. The Beacons got their first lead of the night in the 38th minute when Guilherme Barbosa (Saugus, Mass.) completed a perfect bang-bang-bang play with Mohamed Kenawy (Revere, Mass.) and Williamson each picking up an assist.
Less than four minutes later, UMass extended their lead to two when Daniel Morales (San Diego, Calif.) unloaded a rocket of shot that hit square off of the back post. The play happened so quickly that no one on the field realized the ball had gone in, until the official whistled the play dead.
The goal marked the ninth of the season for Morales. The Beacons nearly made it 4-1 just seconds after the Morales goal, but the ball barely missed its mark in the final minutes of the half.
After the break, the two teams played a back-and-forth affair with neither team able to find the back of the net. UMass who was outshot in the first half 13-10, dominated offensively as they recorded nine shots over the final 45 minutes, while Western Connecticut managed just one.
Carter collected the victory, his third of the season after making just three saves. DiCarlo came-up with six of the team's seven stops. The Colonials defense earned a save of-their-own late in the half, on what would have been the Beacons fourth goal of the contest.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time UMass Boston is now 10-15-2 against the Colonials.
- The Beacons have now won six straight, and have outscored WCSU 21-9 during that stretch
- With his two assists, Williamson now sits with 32 points on the year (13g, 6a), which moves him into a tie for 7th for points in a season by a Beacon
- Both teams recorded three corner kicks in the contest, with all three coming in the first half for WCSU, while all three came in the second for UMB
- Prior to the start of the match the Beacons honored their eight senior members in Miguel Alcantar (Tijuana, Mexico), Edmilson Barros (Praia, Cape Verde), Ricky Bonilla (Framingham, Mass.), Pedro De Carvalho (Praia, Cape Verde), Arlindo Goncalves (Brockton, Mass.), Klismam Mendes (Fogo, Cape Verde), and Matheus Reis (Espirito Santo, Brazil)
The Beacons will travel to Mass. Maritime Academy on Wednesday for their final non-conference game of the regular season. Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m.