Barbosa's Two Goals Carry UMass Boston to 4-2 Win over Western Connecticut

DANBURY, Conn.—Rolando Barbosa (Fogo, Cape Verde) broke out of a season-high six-game scoreless streak with two goals to lift UMass Boston men's soccer to a 4-2 victory over Western Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at the Westside Athletic Complex.

With the win, UMass Boston moved to 9-4-1 and into sole possession of third place in the Little East at 2-1-1. The Colonials continued to struggle, extending their winless streak to 10 games (0-8-2), as they fell to 2-9-2 and 0-2-2 in Little East play.

Saturday's win marked the Beacons third in a row over Western Connecticut State.

Barbosa picked up his fifth and sixth goals of the season for the Beacons, while Lucas Ordosgoitia (Cartegna, Colombia) and Edmilson Barros (Boston, Mass.) added markers for the Beacons. 

Junior Douglas Silveira (Revere, Mass.) showed signs of getting back to full health, as he recorded two assists, while Luis Alva (Lima, Peru) and Barros each contributed with an assist.

Matthew Staehle and Vigan Pacuku scored for the hosts who have not won since September 7, their third contest of the year. 

UMass Boston goaltender Alfonso Rosales (Revere, Mass.) tied his season-high with six saves, as he stopped six of the eight shots he faced. 

Bobby Strevel took the loss for the Colonials, as he recorded six saves on 10 shots on goal.

The Beacons won the contest despite being outshot 20-16. UMass Boston did own a 10-8 edge in shots on goal, with the Colonials and Beacons tying at four in corner kicks.

The match was dominated by physical play, as seven yellow cards were issued and the Beacons were forced to play all but 44 seconds of the second half down a man due to a red card. 

UMass Boston opened the scoring at 21:24, as Ordosgoitia recorded the first goal of his junior season, off a nifty pass from Alva.

The Beacons pushed the lead to 2-0 just before the break, as Barbosa scored the first of his two goals off a pass from Barros.

Western Connecticut opened the second-half scoring at 63:55, as Staehle took a feed from Eren Ceylan to cut the Beacons lead to 2-1.

Barros pushed the momentum back into Umass Boston's favor, as he took a pass from Silveira and finished for his league-leading 10th goal of the year just over 30 seconds after the Colonials goal. The Beacons freshman outside back also is tied for first in the conference for points with 21. 

Pacuku made it 3-2 in the 73rd minute off a Chris Spennato pass, but Barbosa's second goal of the night put the game safely in UMB's hands. Barbosa took a feed from Silveira and rocketed it by Strevel for a 4-2 lead at the 77:29 mark. 

UMass Boston will return home Tuesday when they host Worcester State University at 3:30 p.m.