BOSTON, Mass. – in their final regular season match of 2011, men's soccer (11-5, 3-4 LEC) with the help of Stefanos Galouzis (Watertown, Mass.) earned a 4-1 Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State University (4-13, 2-5 LEC) Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Field.
The sophomore forward fueled a Beacons three goal seven minute outburst in the first half. After scoring back-to-back goals, Galouzis also assisted UMass' third goal of the match. The team's final goal was an own goal on Plymouth State. With his two scores, Galouzis closes out the regular season with a conference leading 12 goals and 31 points. His seven assists currently rank him second in the LEC.
Also picking up a goal in the match was freshman Douglas Silviera (Revere, Mass.), his fourth of the season. Reyn Johnson (Mangilao, Guam), Brian Sanz (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), and Victor Hugo Costa (Malden, Mass.) each earned an assist to help UMass to their first 11-win season since 2006.
Goalkeeper Brycen Dowd (Watertown, Mass.) was solid throughout the match as he tallied four saves, to close out his best season to-date at UMass. The Beacons combined for 18 shots in the match, while its defense limited Plymouth State to just nine shots.
Netting the lone score for the Panthers was Aly El Tombouly in the 38th minute. Parker Spear picked-up the assist. Bjorn Ohlsson recorded four saves in the loss, while his defense was credited with a save of their own, mid-way through the first half.
The Beacons dominated a majority of Saturday's contest as they also held a 15-3 advantage in corner kicks.
With hopes of earning an ECAC New England tournament bid on their minds, the Beacons came out extremely hungry. Through the first 15 minutes of play, UMass rifled off shots from all parts of the pitch. They broke the scoreless draw in the 8th minute on a Galouzis one-time to the near post. The sophomore then made it a two-goal game four minutes later after driving home a loose ball in the box.
Not done yet, the Beacons notched their third goal less than two minutes later, when Silviera was given a perfect pass from eight yards out. Showing great composure, he settled the ball, picked his spot and drove it home to make it 3-0.
Unfortunately, the early 3-0 lead actually hurt the Beacons through the middle part of the first half, as they began to let-up that intensity that had helped them to the early lead. Plymouth State began taking advantages of the more relaxed Beacons, and got their only goal of the game, following a mis-clear in the backfield. Spear managed to collect the ball and played a long pass into Tambouly, who pushed it to the far post.
Just moments later, the official made the Beacons lives a little more complicated as he handed out the first red card of the season to make it an 11 versus 10 contest. Luckily the card came with less than three minutes in the half, so Plymouth was not able to build off of the man-up opportunity.
After the break, UMass came out firing like they did in the first. Plymouth matched the Beacons intensity and with rain starting to fall, both teams settled in for what would be a back and forth second half. The only goal of the match came off of a miscue, by the Panthers defense, which caught Ohlsson by surprise.
Men's soccer will now wait to see if they receive a bid to this year's ECAC New England Regional tournament. The bids will be announced following next weekend's conference tournament.