Sept. 18, 2010

Box Score

GORHAM, ME -- Junior LT Sierra's (Leeds, ME) first collegiate goal snapped a 1-1 tie in the second half and the University of Southern Maine men's soccer team went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Boston, 2-1, in the teams' Little East Conference opener Saturday afternoon at the USM Soccer Field. The win was the first of the season for the Huskies after five defeats. The Beacons dropped their fourth straight match to slip to 1-4-0.

Sierra ran onto a long through ball from senior Peter McHugh (Scarborough, ME), took a touch and beat UMB sophomore goalkeeper Brycen Dowd (Mansfield, MA) from about 12 yards out in the 63rd minute to break the 1-1 stalemate.

The teams traded goals in the first half. McHugh found his way to the ball at the top of the six-yard box to slot home his first goal of the season in the 18th minute to put USM up 1-0. Senior Tyler Simpson (Topsham, ME), who delivered the corner kick into the box, got credit for the assist.

In the 29th minute, the Beacons got the equalizer as sophomore Verly Jean (Somerville, MA) put a throw-in right from the right side on the head of classmate Reyn Johnson (Mangilao, Guam) who headed it by USM senior keeper David Kreps (Agawam, MA). The goal was Johnson's first collegiate tally.

The match was evenly contested as Kreps was credited with three saves while Dowd registered two stops at the other end. The Beacons held an 11-9 edge in shots while the Huskies had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Southern Maine hits the road on Tuesday, September 21 when it plays at Thomas College at 4:00 PM. UMass Boston returns home to play Salem State College on Wednesday, September 22 at 3:30 PM.

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