Men's Soccer Downs SUNY Plattsburgh To Earn First Win

Men's Soccer Downs SUNY Plattsburgh To Earn First Win

ONEONTA, N.Y.—UMass Boston men's soccer scored two goals in a 76-second span, to earn their first win of the 2018 season. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 2, SUNY Plattsburgh 0

(UMass Boston 1-3)

(SUNY Plattsburgh 1-3) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Sophomore Julio DaSilva (Icara, Brazil) and freshman Gerardo Castaneda (Providence, R.I.) each scored their first collegiate goals, to lead the Beacons to a victory on Day 1 of the Mayor's Cup Tournament. 

Castaneda recorded an assist on Da Silva's game-winning goal, before netting his first goal of the year moments later. 

The pair provided all the scoring that junior goalie Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) would need. Castro-Dreher stopped all four shots he faced to earn his 18th career win and 12th career shutout.  

After recording just two combined goals over their first three games, the Beacons scored multiple goals in the same game for the first time-in part thanks to a red card on the Cardinals.  

With the game still scoreless after 60 minutes, Plattsburgh's Jimmy Marchena was sent off for a straight red card, after he kicked a Beacons player before a corner kick was taken. 

The Beacons immediately began to pick up their play and finally broke the scoreless tie in the 81stminute.  

Freshman Jonathan Rodrigues (Brockton, Mass.) drove into the box but was tripped up and there was a moment of delay, before the Cardinals tried to clear the ball. The attempted clearance was knocked down by DaSilva and Leo Herrera (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) passed the ball to the near side of the 18 for Castaneda. Castaneda's shot deflected off the backheel of a defender to DaSilva at the edge of the six, and DaSilva calmly rocketed a volley over the diving Cardinals keeper. 

The goal kicked off a raucous celebration along the Beacons' bench, as the players on the field and the bench mobbed Da Silva by the corner flag. 

UMass Boston added a vital insurance goal at 82:06. Sophomore Yuran Teixeira (Praia, Cape Verde) bombed a diagonal ball down the sideline for Castaneda and the freshman took over from there. 

The original long ball went off his back and after finding the loose ball, Castaneda dribbled through two defenders, cut inside of a third defender inside the box and lofted a shot, from a tight angle, just inside the far post for a wonder-goal. 

Castaneda's goal proved to be huge, as the Cardinals wouldn't go down easily.  

SUNY Plattsburgh earned three free kicks from dangerous positions just outside the box and forced three Castro-Dreher saves in the final 7:54. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • SUNY Plattsburgh outshot the Beacons 12-10 and held a 7-4 edge in shots on goal. 
  • Castro-Dreher is one shutout shy of tying Bob Ahearn ('85) and Alfonso Rosales ('15) for the program record for career shutouts (13). 
  • Castaneda led the Beacons with four shots and two shots on goal in the win. 
  • Cardinals goalie Ryan Wilson made two saves on four shots in the loss. 
  • Freshmen Riven Rodrigues (Brockton, Mass.), Bruno Da Silva (Icara, Brazil) and Jonathan Rodrigues all made their collegiate debuts in the win. 
  • Today's contest marked the first meeting between the two programs. 

WHO'S NEXT 

The Beacons will take on host #16 SUNY Oneonta on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Red Dragons played Saint Lawrence on Friday afternoon in the second game of the Mayor's Cup Tournament.