KEENE, N.H.—For the second time in three years, #12/13 UMass Boston men's soccer was crowned the Little East Conference Regular Season Champions, after earning a hard fought 1-1 tie against host Keene State College.
#12/13 UMass Boston 1, Keene State College 1 (2OT)
(UMass Boston 15-1-2, Little East 5-1-1)
(Keene State College 8-8-1, Little East 3-3-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Senior Pedro De Carvalho's (Praia, Cape Verde) first goal of the season tied the game in the 69th minute and UMass Boston men's soccer dominated the rest of the way, en route to winning their second LEC Regular Season Title in program history.
With the tie, UMass Boston earned the first seed in the upcoming Little East Conference Tournament. The Beacons will host fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the LEC Semifinals. UMass Boston has won back-to-back LEC Tournament Titles under fourth-year head coach Jake Beverlin.
De Carvalho's goal tied the game 1:19 after Keene State College took a brief 1-0 lead on a Promise Kpee goal. With the loss, Keene State College fell to sixth place in the LEC standings and missed out on the LEC Tournament.
Freshman goalie Aidan Carter (Weymouth, Mass.) stopped two of the three shots he faced, to improve to 3-0-1 on the season.
Keene State keeper Jason Smith stopped seven of eight shots, including five over the final 65 minutes.
The Owls broke a scoreless tie at 67:41, when the Beacons were whistled for a foul in the box, after some nice build up play by the hosts. Kpee, who had missed the past three games, calmly slotted home to Carter's left to make it 1-0.
UMass Boston answered back less than two minutes later. Sophomore Mohamed Kenawy (Revere, Mass.) sent his corner towards the back post, where it ping-ponged around to Rafael DeSouza (Ipatinga, Brazil). DeSouza found DeCarvalho, who roofed a right-footed shot just underneath the bar.
From that point on the Beacons dominated possession and the chances in search of a game-winner. UMass Boston created two phenomenal chances in overtime.
Just before the end of the first overtime, sophomore Jonathan Cardoso (Fogo, Cape Verde) was tripped up in the box by a defender from behind. The referee took his time, before rewarding the Beacons a corner kick.
Kenawy had two great chances midway through the second overtime. With the goalie out of position, Ocane Williamson (Spanish Town, Jamaica) found Kenawy 15-yards out. Kenawy's first shot was stopped by a defender sliding along the goal line, and his second effort was tipped just wide by the goalie.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston racked up a 21-8 advantage in shots on goal and 15-7 edge in corner kicks.
- DeSouza's assist marked the first of the year for the freshman, who played extremely well after coming off the bench late in the first half.
- The Beacons extended their unbeaten streak against the Owls to four games (2-0-2) with the tie.
- DeCarvalho scored his third and most important collegiate goal in his 58th collegiate contest.
#12/13 UMass Boston will look to avenge their only LEC loss of the season Wednesday, when they host Eastern Connecticut State University at 7:30 p.m. The Warriors handed the Beacons a 2-1 loss on October 15 in Connecticut.