HAVERFORD, Pa.—Senior Edmilson Barros (Praia, Cape Verde) and Mohamed Kenawy (Revere, Mass.) both enjoyed multi-point days, to lead #10/15 UMass Boston men's soccer to their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory.
#10/15 UMass Boston 3, Kean University 0
(UMass Boston 18-1-2)
(Kean University 14-6-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Barros and Kenawy combined to score all three goals and 23 different players saw action for the Beacons, who earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament win in third appearance.
Barros scored the second and third Beacons goals to up his senior year total to seven on the season. Kenawy recorded the first goal and assisted on Barros' second tally, to increase his team-leading points total to 43.
In net, freshman goalie Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) put together his most complete performance of the entire season. The freshman made five saves for his single-season tying seventh shutout of the year and commanded his box throughout the contest.
Kean sophomore goalie Bryce Horn took the loss for the Cougars, after making four saves on seven shots.
The Cougars came up with the first real chance of the contest, during a nervy start for both teams. Kenny Rocha snuck in along the near sideline and fired a low blast across the goalmouth which Castro-Dreher gobbled up.
The Beacons grabbed the lead just past the half-hour mark, when Ocane Williamson (Spanishtown, Jamaica) and Kenawy connected. Williamson received a pass with his back to the net and sent a beautiful flick behind the defense that Kenawy ran on to and then slid a shot past the goalie just inside the near post.
Kean came out strong right out of the break and forced Castro-Dreher to make several clearances and one huge parry on a shot from distance.
Senior Pedro De Carvalho (Fogo, Cape Verde) who was playing as a center forward for the first time since his freshman season nearly made it 2-0 moments later. The senior intercepted a back pass and dribbled away from one defender, before firing a shot just over the bar.
Barros made up for the mistake in the 58th minute. Kenawy dribbled through two slide tackles on the near side and then fired a pass towards the edge of the 18-yard box on the far side. Barros' first touch perfectly trapped it and then he dribbled past his defender, before sliding a left-footed shot inside the near post for a 2-0 lead.
With the Cougars pressing for a goal, UMass Boston began shuffling players in-and-out at a vigorous pace, while creating some great chances.
Barros put the game away for good at 87:15. The senior took a pass in the Cougars' defensive half and dribbled towards the top of the 18, before ripping a shot back to the near post for his first two-goal game of his senior season.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons held a 16-15 lead in shots and 7-5 edge in shots on goal. UMass Boston also held a slight 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.
- Castro-Dreher posted his first complete game shutout since September 24. Over his last seven appearances, he had allowed seven goals.
- Kenawy moved into second-place in UMass Boston single-season history in points (43) and tied Williamson for second in goals (17). He also tied Pedro Dasilva ('16) for the program-record for game-winning goals in a single-season with six.
- Saturday's matchup marked the Beacons' first-ever contest against Kean.
- The men's soccer program becomes the third men's program and fourth overall UMass Boston program to earn an NCAA Tournament victory.
- The NCAA limits soccer NCAA Tournament rosters to 24 active players. Every active player saw time in Saturday's game, except the backup keeper.
#10/15 UMass Boston will take on host #13/15 Haverford College on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Walton Field. Haverford defeated the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy 5-1 in the first game on Saturday.