WATERVILLE, Maine—Despite a late goal from freshman Christopher Garcia (Wakefield, Mass.), UMass Boston men's soccer couldn't complete their comeback Tuesday afternoon at Colby College.
Colby College 2, UMass Boston 1
(UMass Boston 6-9-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Colby College scored two goals in a 15-minute span, one on each side of halftime, to earn the non-conference victory over the Beacons.
Lucas Pereira and Asa Berolzheimer each scored for the host Mules, who snapped a two-game losing streak with the win.
Garcia cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 75thminute, off of a cross from fellow freshman Nelson Cardoso (São Vicente, Cape Verde).
Junior Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) made three saves on five shots to fall to 5-7-2.
In net for the Mules, Dan Carlson and Matt Morin combined for the victory. Carlson made one save on one shot in the first half, before Morin came on and stopped one of two shots in the second stanza.
Wyett MacDonald's hustle set up the first goal for the Mules. The Beacons took a free kick out of their own penalty area that was a 50-50 ball between MacDonald and a UMass Boston player. MacDonald went harder to win the ball, dribbled for about 10 yards, and then pushed a pass to Lucas Pereira on the right side. Pereira beat a defender toward the right post and had his cross deflect off a Beacon defender for the score.
Colby made it 2-0 on one of the best passing sequences of the season. From the other side of midfield, the Mules made six passes on the goal by Berolzheimer at 54:21. Colby had quick passes until Jeff Rosenberg found some dribbling space and pushed a ball past a defender and to Berolzheimer for the goal.
Garcia cut the deficit to 2-1 off a brilliant cross from Cardoso. Cardoso bent a cross from the near side of the 18 to the back post, where Garcia headed home his second career goal at 74:22.
The Beacons only managed one shot the rest of the way, as they saw their winless streak stretch to three-straight.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The two teams each finished with 11 shots and six corner kicks, while Colby held a 5-3 edge in shots on goal.
- Tuesday's contest marked the first-ever meeting between the two sides. UMass Boston fell to 0-3 this season against teams from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
- Garcia led the Beacons with four total shots and two shots on goal.
- UMass Boston finishes non-conference play 3-8.
UMass Boston will travel to take on Rhode Island College on Saturday at 1 p.m. The two teams met in last year's Little East Conference Semifinals.
Parts of this release courtesy of Colby College Sports Information.