Men's Soccer Knocks Off Rhode Island College 2-1

Men's Soccer Knocks Off Rhode Island College 2-1

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston men's soccer scored a pair of second-half goals and survived a wild finish, to earn a 2-1 victory over visiting Rhode Island College in a Sunday Little East Conference contest. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 2, Rhode Island College 1

(UMass Boston 10-2-2, Little East 4-1-1) 

(Rhode Island College 7-5-2, Little East 4-2-1)

HOW IT HAPPENED
 

After a first half that saw a combined six shots and one shot on goal, the two teams combined for three goals in the final 43 minutes, including two in the final 90 seconds. 

Senior John Santos (Brockton, Mass.) and Nilton de Andrade (Fogo, Cape Verde) each scored for the Beacons who stretched their unbeaten streak to five in a row (4-0-1). 

Senior Raffi DeSouza (Watertown, Mass.) returned from a three-game absence to record his first assist of the season. 

In net, Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) made one save on two shots, to earn his eighth win of the season. 

Rhode Island College made the game interesting very late, when Dominic Nnadi converted a penalty kick with 54 seconds to play to cut the deficit to 2-1.  

Junior Charlie Tashjian made four saves on six shots to fall to 6-5-2 on the season.  

The first half was full of frustration for both sides, as neither team was able to break down the other's defense and create consistent chances. 

Tashjian cut out the Beacons' best chance of the half at 17:24, when he raced off his line and blocked de Andrade on a one-on-one chance from 10-yards out. 

After the intermission, UMass Boston came out firing. 

The Beacons took the lead at 47:03 off a rare long-throw in goal for the hosts. DeSouza threw a long throw in in to the box that pinged around, before finding Santos. Santos calmly held off a defender and then laced a low left-footed shot into the bottom left corner of the net. 

From there the game opened up with both teams creating chances and taking advantage of the increased space in the midfield. 

Rhode Island College had their best chance to tie the game at 1-1 in the 87th minute, when Roman Davis ripped a free kick just wide of the far post. 

With the Anchormen pushing bodies forward looking for an equalizer, UMass Boston finally added an insurance goal with 76 seconds to play. De Andrade made a tremendous individual play to dribble through the defense along the far side and then poked the ball through Tashjian's legs at 88:44. 

Rhode Island College answered back with 54 seconds left, when an Anchormen was taken down in the box and Nnadi ripped a right-footed shot off of Castro-Dreher's left hand and in for a 2-1 deficit. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston led the Anchormen 15-8 in shots, 6-2 in shots on goal and 3-0 in corner kicks. 
  • Rhode Island College's goal in the final minute of play snapped UMass Boston's scoreless streak at 461:39. 
  • The two teams combined for 37 fouls and seven yellow cards. 
  • With the win, UMass Boston improves to 18-22-2 all-time against Rhode Island College. The Beacons have won eight of the past nine meetings, including five-straight home games. 
  • Santos has now recorded goals in back-to-back games, after scoring one goal in his first 28 games as a Beacon. 
  • UMass Boston has now won 10 or more games in five of Jake Beverlin's seven seasons as head coach. 
  • De Andrade has scored in three-straight games and now sits on 97 career points for his career between Newbury College (69 points) and UMass Boston (28 points). 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will host Framingham State University on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. for Senior Day. The Beacons will honor their seven seniors before the contest.