BOSTON, Mass.—Senior Gabriel Pereira's (Minas Gerais, Brazil) scored twice to help visiting UMass Boston men's soccer cruise past host Emmanuel College 3-0 Monday evening.
UMass Boston 3, Emmanuel College 0
(UMass Boston 9-3-2)
(Emmanuel College 2-7-6)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In his first career start for the Beacon, Pereira found the back of the net twice in the second half to help the Beacons to their second-straight win. Pereira scored just after the break and then added a late insurance goal for his second and third career tallies as a Beacon.
Junior Jake Higgins (Pembroke, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal at 11:55 to help the Beacons earn the victory against former Beacons assistant coach Dan Roberts.
The defense would take over from there, as sophomore Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) was not forced to make a save in improving to 5-2-2 on the season.
Jonathan Ferrarini made seven saves on nine shots in the opening 76:33, before being replaced by Colin Paleologopoulos (two saves on three shots).
UMass Boston jumped on the scoreboard first thanks to a great setup from Raffi DeSouza (Watertown, Mass.). DeSouza created space just outside the box and then lofted a cross into the box for Higgins, who headed the ball down for a 1-0 lead at 11:55.
The Beacons made it 2-0 less than a minute into the second half. Junior Erick Verdú (Hyde Park, Mass.) played a through ball behind the defense and Pereira won the footrace, before sliding it past the keeper at 45:59.
Pereira tacked on the third goal at 85:52, with Junior Coca (Attelboro, Mass.) earning the assist.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston earned a 19-2 edge in shots and 12-0 lead in shots on goals. Emmanuel carved out a 4-3 advantage in corners.
- Verdú and Coca both picked up their first points as a Beacon in the victory.
- Pereira has posted new career-highs in goals (two), shots (seven) and games played (seven) as a senior.
- UMass Boston hit the post twice in the contest.
- Castro-Dreher moved into a tie for fifth-place in program history for career win (16) and a tie for fourth in complete shutouts (10).
- The Beacons improved to 2-0-1 all-time against the Saints. Tonight's matchup marked the first meeting against Roberts, who was an assistant during the 2015 season.
UMass Boston will travel across the river to take on MIT on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. With a win Wednesday, the Beacons will have reached the 10-win mark in five-straight years under fifth-year head coach Jake Beverlin.