NEW LONDON, Conn.—Connecticut College scored one goal in each half and held UMass Boston men's soccer to just four shots, as the Camels earned a 2-0 win Saturday afternoon at Freeman Field.
Connecticut College 2, UMass Boston 0
(UMass Boston 2-6)
(Connecticut College 0-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Uzii Dieng gave the hosts the lead in the ninth minute and Steve Yeonas tacked on a goal in the 76th, to help the Camels improve to 4-0-0.
UMass Boston junior goalie Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) returned to the starting lineup, after being given a brief rest on Thursday night. The Beacons' starting keeper made four saves on six shots in the losing effort.
Junior Raffi DeSouza (Watertown, Mass.) made his return to the Beacons' lineup as well and paced the team with two shots and two shots on goal. Mauricio Martinez (Cali, Colombia) and Jonathan Rodrigues (Brockton, Mass.) accounted for the other two shots.
Connecticut College came out eager for an early goal, as they recorded two shots in the opening five minutes-including a shot just 23 seconds in. They were rewarded at 8:12, when Matt Butera found a wide-open Dieng, who easily laced his shot into the netting for a 1-0 lead.
The Camels continued to push for a second goal, but Ben Manoogian connected with the post and the Beacons began to tighten up.
UMass Boston created their only two shot attempts of the half off free kicks. DeSouza rifled a shot in the 40thminute but Aj Marcucci was able to make the save. Marcucci made a second-stop with under 45 seconds to play in the half, this time getting in front of Martinez' effort.
The Beacons carried their momentum into the second half, but against Marcucci was able to deny DeSouza on a shot less than a minute into the half.
Connecticut College finally added a key insurance goal at 75:42. Liam Noonan sent up Yeonas whose shot barely slid inside the post for a 2-0 advantage.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Connecticut College outshot the Beacons 16-4 and held a 6-4 edge in shots on goal.
- The Camels earned all six corners kicks on the day.
- Castro-Dreher moved into sixth-place all-time in career goalie minutes played (3,187:14) in the contest. He is just two starts away from tying Brycen Dowd ('12) for third all-time in career starts by a goalie (36).
- Saturday's contest marked the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
- UMass Boston has now played eight of their 19 games during the regular season. The first eight games came in a 16-game span.
UMass Boston will play one final tune-up game before conference play, when they host Worcester State University on Wednesday at 7 p.m.