CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Sophomore Mohamed Kenawy (Revere, Mass.) scored a first half-brace and freshman Aidan Carter (Weymouth, Mass.) stopped three shots, as #12/16 UMass Boston men's soccer set the program-record for shutouts in a single-season.
#12/16 UMass Boston 3, MIT 0
(UMass Boston 13-1-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons posted their program-record 10th shutout in just 15 games, as Carter and five backs combined to limit the Engineers to just three shots on goal.
Carter, who was making just his second collegiate start, posted his first collegiate shutout with two spectacular saves early on in the second half. The freshman goalie improves to 2-0-0 on the season in five appearances.
Kenawy provided all the offense Carter would need, as he scored a first-half brace within the opening 30 minutes. He very nearly added a third and fourth goal, but one of his headers bounced over the bar and an MIT defender cleared another shot off the line.
Sophomore Guilherme Barbosa (Saugus, Mass.) picked up the lone assist of the day for the Beacons, who avenged a 3-0 loss from a year ago.
MIT freshman goalie Cole Hoffer fell to 3-8-1, after allowing three goals on 10 shots.
Kenawy gave the Beacons a 1-0 advantage just 15:55 into the contest. Barbosa brought the ball forward and slid a perfect pass to Kenawy at the top of the box, and Kenawy slid a shot over Hoffer just inside the far post.
The Beacons doubled their lead at 29:55. Klismam Mendes (Fogo, Cape Verde) forced a turnover in the Engineers defensive half off a goal kick and fed Kenawy, who dribbled past one player before recording his 13th goal in 12 contests this fall.
MIT created two great chances in the opening 5:30 of the second half, but Carter was up to the task on both chances. Kareen Itani's effort brought Carter out and he caught a blistering shot, before Carter jumped and tipped another Itani effort over the end line less than three minutes later.
UMass Boston put the game out of reach at 54:30. Sophome Denis Martinez's (Chelsea, Mass.) intended pass for Kenawy was deflected by a defender and slowly trickled past Hoffer, who couldn't get back in position in time.
The Beacons continued attacking and created several great chances, but Hoffer made two great saves and the Engineers defense cleared away another near goal.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston doubled up MIT in shots (22-11) and shots on goal (7-3). The Engineers held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.
- With his two goals, Kenawy moved into a tie with Ocane Williamson (Spanish Town, Jamaica) for the team lead in goals with 13.
- The Beacons snapped a 10-game winless streak (0-9-1) against the Engineers with their victory. UMass Boston improved to 5-11-1 with the win.
- With their shutout, UMass Boston broke a tie with the 2014 team for the most shutouts in a single-season.
- The Beacons sit second in the first NCAA Division III New England Regional Rankings that were posted earlier this afternoon.
UMass Boston will host Western Connecticut State University on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in a key Little East Conference contest. Before the game, UMass Boston will honor their eight seniors.