BOSTON, Mass.—Sophomore Julio DaSilva's (Icara, Brazil) first collegiate hat trick, led UMass Boston men's soccer past Wentworth Institute of Technology 4-2 Thursday evening at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 4, Wentworth 2
(UMass Boston 2-5)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Da Silva gave the Beacons a two-goal lead on three separate occasions, to help UMass Boston snap a two-game losing streak.
The sophomore forward scored ahis first two goals in the 26thand 53rdminutes, before sealing the victory in the 88thminute. After the Leopards cut the deficit to 3-2 in the 84thminute, Da Silva stepped to the penalty spot to put the game away.
Wentworth keeper Philip Chomicki stopped his initial shot, but Da Silva calmly raced after the rebound, and chipped the ball over the sprawled out keeper for a 4-2 advantage.
Senior Eric Murakami (São Paulo, Brazil) added the Beacons' first goal and also chipped in an assist in the victory.
Sandro van Kuijck (Nunspeet, Netherlands) earned his first win of the season in the contest. The junior made one save on two shots over the first 45 minutes, while Aidan Carter (Weymouth, Mass.) added one save on two shots in the second half.
Wentworth junior Philip Chomicki made three saves on seven shots to fall to 2-2-1.
Nathan Gosselin and Noah Martins scored the goals for the visiting Leopards.
After scoring just six goals in their first six games, UMass Boston jumped all over the Leopards early. The Beacons earned two corner kicks in the opening 10 minutes and recorded three shots in the first 15 minutes.
Murakami gave the Beacons the lead for good in the 16thminute. After the Leopards cleared the ball from their own 18-yard box, Edson Marques (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) settled the ball and fed Murakami in the center of the field. Murakami took four touches, before blasting a left-footed shot on a line past Chomicki from 30-yards out.
The Beacons pushed their lead to 2-0 at 25:20. Sophomore Estevao Gomes (Fogo, Cape Verde) took a pass and immediately turned and fed an onrushing Da Silva. Da Silva took the pass 25-yards from the goal and dribbled through three defenders, including bouncing off one challenge. After beating the three defenders, Da Silva took one more dribble towards the sideline, before blasting a shot inside the near post.
Wentworth cut the deficit back to 2-1 at 31:25. The Leopards earned a penalty kick after the Beacons made an ill advised pass in their own half and Martins drove into the box, before being pushed down. Gosselin stepped up the penalty spot and sent van Kuijck the wrong way for a 2-1 score.
The Beacons pushed their lead back to 3-1 just after halftime. Murakami slid a through ball to Da Silva, who turned his defender, and then drove at the on-rushing keeper. He calmly lifted a shot over the keeper and just inside the far post at 52:54.
Wentworth nearly cut the deficit to 3-2 in the 68thminute, but Carter parried a point-blank header-over the bar for a corner kick.
Wentworth put the pressure back on the Beacons when they scored at 83:48. After a Beacons foul right at midfield, Noah Niles booted the free kick into the box. Griffin Price headed the free kick into the path of Martins, who calmly drilled a header past Carter.
Instead of going into a defensive shell, the Beacons continued to make runs against a Wentworth defense that was struggling to communicate. Gomes lifted a through ball to Jonathan Rodrigues (Brockton, Mass.), who ran onto the ball at the top of the 18 and was fouled as he sent his shot high and wide. The referee pointed to the spot, setting up Da Silva for his game-sealing goal.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Da Silva has scored four goals over the past four games and leads the Beacons with four goals and two game-winning goals.
- A Beacon had not recorded a hat trick since November 2, 2016 in the Little East Conference Semifinals. Freshman Ocane Williamson scored four goals and added an assist in the win over Eastern Connecticut State University.
- UMass Boston held a 17-15 edge in shots and 7-4 lead in shots on goal. The Beacons also earned a 9-6 lead in corner kicks.
- With the win, UMass Boston improves to 6-0 all-time against the Leopards. The Beacons have scored at least three goals in all six meetings and have outscored Wentworth 23-7 all-time.
- All 28 Beacons have now appeared in a game this season, after Carter and van Kuijck played in today's game.
UMass Boston will travel to Connecticut College on Saturday at 2 p.m. for a non-conference matchup.