BUZZARDS BAY, Mass.—Sophomore Mohamed Kenawy (Revere, Mass.) netted three goals and freshman goalie Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) tied the program-record for wins Wednesday night, as #12/13 UMass Boston men's soccer defeated host Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
#12/13 UMass Boston 3, Massachusetts Maritime 1
(UMass Boston 15-1-1)
(Massachusetts Maritime 7-8-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After falling behind late in the first half, Kenawy scored once before the break and twice more in the opening 20 minutes of the second, to spur the Beacons' comeback win.
The hat trick marked Kenawy's second of the season and third of his collegiate career. Senior Edmilson Barros (Praia, Cape Verde) picked up two assists to bring his team-leading total to eight on the year.
Castro-Dreher came on at the break for the Beacons and didn't have to make a save to tie the program-record with his 11th win of the season. He moved into a three-way tie with Paul Maniscalo ('07) and assistant coach Alfonso Rosales ('16).
Adam Crawford scored his second goal of the season for the Buccaneers, who currently sit in first place in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference. In net, Mike Pruchnik took the loss, after allowing three goals on six shots in 65 minutes of action.
Despite dominating the possession throughout the first half, the Beacons found themselves behind 1-0 off a long throw in. Kevin O'Leary's long toss went into the six-yard box and Crawford was able to dislodge the ball from Aidan Carter's (Weymouth, Mass.) and into the goal at 35:45.
Carter allowed one goal on two shots in the first half, before being replaced by Castro-Dreher.
Kenawy tied the game at 1-1 just over five minutes later. Barros sent a bending cross towards the back post and Kenawy flicked it home past a defender and the goalie at 40:58.
He gave the Beacons the lead for good at 56:06, as he ran past the defense on a breakaway and beat Pruchnik for a 2-1 advantage. Kenawy completed the hat trick off another Barros pass, as the Beacons made it 3-1 at 61:08.
Neither side produced much offensively over the final 28 minutes, as the Beacons were credited with the lone shot on goal.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the hosts 14-2, including 8-0 in the second half. The Beacons also held a 6-2 advantage in shots on goal and corner kicks.
- With his three goals, Kenawy sits tied for second in program-history for goals in a single-season. Three other players have scored 16 goals in a single-season, while Charlie Keskinidis ('90) found the back of the net 26 times in 1989.
- Barros' eight assists are tied for fourth-most in a single-season. He also sits tied for second in program history in career assists (23) and tied for third in career points (83).
- Kenawy also moved into a tie for second in program history for game-winning goals in a single-season. His five game-winning goals are one shy of Pedro DaSilva's ('16) mark from a year ago.
- The Beacons set the program record for wins in a regular season tonight with 15. They stand one win shy of the program record for wins in a single season, as last year's team ended the season 16-5.
- UMass Boston is ranked third in this week's NCAA Division III New England Regional Rankings.
#12/13 UMass Boston will look to win their second Little East Conference Regular Season Title in program history on Saturday, when they travel to Keene State College for a 1 p.m. start.