LYNCHBURG, Va.—Senior Marcelo Cunha (Goiania, Brazil) scored on the Beacons' first shot on goal of the season, but #15 UMass Boston men's soccer had to settle for a 1-1 double-overtime tie Sunday morning against host #19 Lynchburg College.
#15 UMass Boston 1, #19 Lynchburg College 1 (2OT)
(UMass Boston 0-0-2)
(Lynchburg College 1-0-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In an early-season matchup of two top-20 teams, the Beacons struck first in the 56th minute, only to have the hosts even the score at 72:25.
Over the final 30 minutes of game action, both teams were stymied in their efforts to add a game-winner, with sophomore goalie Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) coming up with several huge saves.
Cunha gave the Beacons their first lead of the season at 55:05 off a free kick. The senior center back blasted a free kick from 30-yards out that bounced off a group of players near the back post and went in.
Castro-Dreher made five saves on six shots in his second-consecutive start. In the second-half alone, Castro-Dreher made four saves, including a point-blank save on a corner kick with 12 minutes left in regulation.
UMass Boston had the best chance of the first half to score midway through the first stanza. Senior Daniel Morales' (San Diego, Calif.) effort connected square off the crossbar and bounced away from goal in the 26th minute, to keep the score deadlocked at 0-0.
The Beacons took the lead just 10 minutes into the second half, after they drew a foul in the attacking zone.
Lynchburg College picked up their play from there and evened the score on a counter-attack at 72:25. Michael Zhang played a through-ball towards the top of the box and Jon Mackey beat a defender and Castro-Dreher to the ball, before flicking it over Castro-Dreher and into the back of the net.
Both teams would create goal-scoring opportunities in the final 18 minutes of regulation. The Hornets nearly made it 2-1 in the final 90 seconds, but Fredy Flores' slow roller caught the inside of the post and rolled back into the hands of Castro-Dreher.
Lynchburg kept the pressure on in overtime but had to settle for seven off-target shots.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Lynchburg outshot UMass Boston 20-7 and held a 6-3 edge in shots on goal.
- Sunday's matchup marked the first all-time meeting between the Beacons and Hornets.
- Freshman Mauricio Martinez (Revere, Mass.) earned a start in his collegiate debut. Junior Coca (Attleboro, Mass.) also made his collegiate debut for the Beacons, while Daniel Campos (Framingham, Mass.) made his Beacons' debut on Sunday.
- The Beacons are 0-0-2 to start the season for just the second time in program history. The 1983 team opened the year with a pair of 1-1 ties against Roger Williams University and Rhode Island College.
UMass Boston will return to New England on Sunday and prepare for their home opener. The Beacons will host Colby-Sawyer College on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.