Men's Soccer Blanks Springfield In Non-Conference Finale

Men's Soccer Blanks Springfield In Non-Conference Finale

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—UMass Boston senior forward Nick Fontana (Marshfield, Mass.) broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 75thminute, to help men's soccer defeat host Springfield College 1-0 on Tuesday afternoon. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 1, Springfield College 0

(UMass Boston 12-3-2)

(Springfield 4-12-1) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Fontana, who spent his first three seasons at Springfield College (2015-2017), scored the lone goal in his first game against his former program. 

He took a through-ball pass from Yasser El Hasnaoui (Marrakesh, Morocco) and then poked it past the keeper at 74:33. 

Senior goalie Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) did not have to make a save, en-route to his 10thwin of the season. 

Springfield's Clayton Knibbs took the loss after he played the final 45 minutes. Knibbs made two saves on three shots, while starter Chris Prizio stopped all three shots he faced in the first half.  

UMass Boston had plenty of chances to take the lead prior to Fontana's goal. 

Rafael DeSouza (Watertown, Mass.) and Nilton de Andrade (Fogo, Cape Verde) each hit the cross bar in the first half and de Andrade connected with the post late in the contest with the Beacons leading 1-0. 

Fontana also had a great chance to score, just prior to his goal. He was able to win a foot-race with the keeper and dribble around the goalie, only to have his shot at an open net saved by a field player. 

Springfield had their best chance to tie the game in the 88thminute. After the Beacons committed a foul in their own half, Timothy Brereton rose up and headed a shot well over the bar from inside the six-yard box. 

The Pride earned one final corner kick, but UMass Boston easily cleared it away to preserve the shutout and the win. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston outshot the Pride 20-8 and earned an 8-0 edge in shots on goal. The Beacon also led 4-3 in corner kicks. 
  • Fontana extended his scoring streak to three-straight. He has now recorded a career-high nine goals and four game-winning tallies. 
  • With the win, UMass Boston improves to 1-1 all-time against the Pride. The Beacons fell 2-0 at Springfield during the 2017 season. 
  • The Beacons close out the non-conference portion of their schedule 8-1-1. UMass Boston won each of their final seven non-conference games. 
  • Tuesday's shutout marked the 10thclean sheet of the season for the Beacons. 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will host Western Connecticut State University on Saturday at 4 p.m. in their regular-season finale. With a win, UMass Boston will lock up at least a first-round home playoff game in next week's Little East Conference Tournament.