Men's Soccer Cruises Past Plymouth State 3-0 For First LEC Win

Men's Soccer Cruises Past Plymouth State 3-0 For First LEC Win

BOSTON, Mass.—Senior Daniel Morales (San Diego, Calif.) recorded a goal and added two assists, to lead UMass Boston men's soccer to their first Little East Conference win of the fall.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 3, Plymouth State University 0

(UMass Boston 4-1-2, Little East 1-1)

(Plymouth State 1-6, Little East 0-2)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Morales blasted home a penalty kick at 62:38 to open up a two-goal lead and then tacked on a beautiful assist less than a minute later, to help the Beacons cruise to a 3-0 victory.

Junior Guilherme Barbosa (Saugus, Mass.) and sophomore Jake Davenport (Weymouth, Mass.) also tacked on goals for the home team. 

UMass Boston goalie Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) made three stops for his ninth career complete-game shutout.

Plymouth State freshman keeper Linus Lindeberg was phenomenal throughout the contest. Lindeberg was credited with a career-high 13 saves on 16 shots and made several point-blank stops to keep the game within reach for the visitors.

Barbosa gave the Beacons the lead for good just under 14 minutes in. He received a cross from Morales that he chested down, before ripping a one-time volley past Lindeberg to the near post at 13:53.

The Beacons nearly made it 2-0 10 minutes later, when they had a pair of spectacular chances. Barbosa found himself all alone at the top of the box, but his shot was parried over the goal line by Lindeberg for a corner. On the ensuing corner kick, Marcelo Cunha (Goiania, Brazil) fought through same hand-battling to head down a shot along the back post. Lindeberg knocked the ball off the line and off the post, before the Panthers were able to clear.

UMass Boston continued to find openings in the Panthers' back line and had three great chances to score in a 12-second span. Barbosa and Morales were both denied within 10-yards from net, before Davenport's shot was tipped wide. With the ball still loose in the box, Morales turned his defender and was taken down on an ill-advised challenge leading to a penalty kick. 

The sure-footed senior blasted his penalty kick past Lindeberg for a 2-0 lead at 62:38.

The Beacons would make it 3-0 just 66 seconds later. With his back to net, Morales sent a perfect flick-on to Davenport who raced in behind the defense. With Lindeberg racing off his line, Davenport beat the Panthers to the ball and then sent a right-footed shot past the keeper from 20-yards out.

BY THE NUMBERS 

  • The Beacons outshot the Panthers 21-9 and tied their season-high with 16 shots on goal.
  • After not scoring in the team's first five games, Barbosa has scored in back-to-back games.
  • Morales has recorded all nine of his points in the team's last four games and six points in the past two contests.
  • UMass Boston earned their fifth win in six games against the Panthers and third-straight win overall.

WHO'S NEXT

The Beacons will host Bridgewater State University on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in their fourth-home game of the season.