SPRINGFIELD, Mass - Behind goals from Christian Schneider and Curtis Bolduc, #16/22 Springfield College defeated UMass Boston men's soccer 2-0, in non-conference action on Tuesday night at Brock-Affleck Field.
#16/22 Springfield College 2, UMass Boston 0
(UMass Boston 7-3-3)
(Springfield College 11-0-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the win, Springfield College, remains one of three teams in all of Division III without a loss or draw and improves 11-0-0 overall.
Springfield College's Marvyn Dorchin and Stewart Frank split the goalkeeping duties for the Pride on Tuesday night, as they combined for five saves in the win, while their counterpart, Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) notched six saves in the setback. Springfield College held a dominant 20-7 shot advantage over the Beacons, as both sides were awarded a pair of corner kicks.
Springfield College got its first chance of the game just 2:56 into the contest when Danny Murphy sent a direct free kick into the box, which landed on the foot of Cam Powell but the senior defender's bid sailed just high to keep the game scoreless. The Pride's next chance came in the ninth minute when Curtis Bolduc beat his defender to the left side of the box before blasting one on cage, but Castro-Dreher kept it out of the cage with a diving effort to keep the Pride at bay.
Springfield College finally broke through with 16:02 to play in the first half when a UMass Boston defender hauled down Bolduc in the box, setting up a penalty kick for Schneider, which the junior forward converted to make it 1-0, Pride. Springfield College looked to push its lead to a pair with 9:26 to play when Brad Deckel made a great run towards the middle of the field before working a give-and-go with Schneider. When Deckel regained possession of the ball, he was all alone with the goalkeeper but hit the crossbar, nullifying the Pride's chance at a 2-0 lead.
Springfield College dominated the beginning stages of the second half, as with 14:22 to play, the Pride finally picked up an insurance tally when Brendan Claflin sent a ball into the box that was deflected by Leland Malloy before landing on the foot of Bolduc. The senior midfielder calmly let the ball bounce and then kicked it out of mid air and into the back of the net to make it 2-0, Springfield College.
The Pride was able to fend off a late rally from the Beacons, sealing the 2-0 win for Springfield College.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston suffered their third shutout loss of the fall. The Beacons last eight losses have all come by way of the shutout dating back to October 2015.
- Senior Marcelo Cunha (Goiania, Brazil) and Erick Verdú (Hyde Park, Mass.) each recorded a team-high two shots in the loss.
- Tuesday's meeting marked the first-ever matchup between the two programs.
UMass Boston will look to get back into the win column on Saturday when they return to Little East Conference play. The Beacons will travel to UMass Dartmouth for a noon start.
Parts of this release courtesy of Springfield College Sports Information