BOSTON, Mass.--#15 UMass Boston men's soccer scored three goals in a 5:32 span of the first half, to earn a 4-0 win in their home opener Wednesday night at James Cotter Field.
#15 UMass Boston 4, Colby-Sawyer College 0
(UMass Boston 1-0-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The pair started up top in a new-look, two-forward system that immediately paid dividends. Teixeira played a part in both Lima goals, and the Beacons found themselves ahead 3-0 after just 14:03.
UMass Boston sophomore goalies Sandro Van Kuijck (Nunspeet, Netherlands) and Aidan Carter (Weymouth, Mass.) combined for the shutout in their first appearances of the season. Van Kuijck made three saves in the first half to improve to 2-0 in two career starts, while Carter was not forced to make a save.
Colby-Sawyer College goalie Sean Babinski was busy all night long, as he was forced to make 12 saves on 16 shots.
After struggling to generate offense in their first two games, UMass Boston came out firing in the early going.
Lima got the hosts on the board at 8:31 of the first half. Teixeira drove past the defense, tip-toed along the goal line and then sent a cross into the middle of the six-yard box. Babinski dove out and tipped the cross, but it fell right to Lima, who tapped home for his first goal since his sophomore season.
UMass Boston doubled their lead at 13:34. This time Teixeira chipped the ball ahead to Jake Higgins (Pembroke, Mass.) who drove towards goal and then left it across for Lima to finish in front of a wide-open net.
The Beacons put the game out of reach 29-seconds later. After UMass Boston regained possession, junior Jonathan Cardoso (Fogo, Cape Verde) sent a long ball ahead for Davenport along the near side. The junior dribbled through the defense and then sent a shot across goal that beat Babinski to make it 3-0 at 14:03.
UMass Boston would have several chances to add to their lead later in the half, but Babinski stood tall, including tipping a Mauricio Martinez (Revere, Mass.) shot into the crossbar.
Colby-Sawyer nearly got on to the board in the second half, but Cardoso and sophomore Junior Coca (Attleboro, Mass.) both made goal-line clearances. Cardoso dove across the line to rob a wide-open Mohamed Jafar and then later Coca successfully cleared the ball away on a header off a corner.
UMass Boston closed out the scoring at 76:09. Murakami raced into the attacking third on a 2-on-3 and drove towards the top of the 18, before sending a hard, left-footed shot off the finger tips of Babinski and in.
The Beacons nearly added a fifth goal in the final two minutes, but junior Erick Verdú's effort connected squarely with the crossbar.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston improved to 2-0 all-time against Colby-Sawyer College. The Beacons defeated the Chargers 1-0 in 2016 in New Hampshire.
- Wednesday's home game was the Beacons' first home non-conference game since October 20, 2014.
- Teixeira made his first collegiate start in the win, while Van Kuijck and Higgins each made their first start and first appearance of the season.
- UMass Boston outshot the Chargers 26-12 and held a 16-5 edge in shots on goal.
- Freshman Anderson Valeus (Mattapan, Mass.) made his collegiate debut in the victory. Verdú made his Beacons' debut on Wednesday, while Gabriel Pereira (Minas Gerais, Brazil) earned his first appearance of his senior year.
#15 UMass Boston will take on crosstown rival Wentworth Institute of Technology on Monday night at 7 p.m.