Sept. 8, 2011
SOMERVILLE, Mass. - Led by Stefanos Galouzis' (Watertown, MA/Watertown) three goals and one assist, the University of Massachusetts Boston men's soccer team opened their 2011 season with a solid team effort as the Beacons (1-0) defeated Suffolk University (1-2) by the final score of 6-2 Wednesday evening.
Galouzis' seven points marked a new career-high for the reigning Little East Conference Rookie of the Year. His first goal of his sophomore campaign gave the Beacons a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute of the contest. He would then set-up the Beacons second score of the night less than three minutes later when he connected with Reyn Johnson (Mangilao, Guam / St. John's School).
Dan Purchia (Winchester, MA/Winchester) closed out the first half, with the Beacons third goal, and unassisted play in the 37th minute. After the break, Galouzis found the back two more times to extend the Beacons lead to 5-0. Assisting on each one of the goals was Victor Rosario (Newton, MA/Newton South) and Victor Hugo Costa (Malden, MA/Medford).
Suffolk ended the Beacons shutout bid in the 66th minute on an Andres Cohen goal. The Rams earned their second goal of the night nine minutes later on an unassisted score. UMass Boston capped off the night with a Kevin Jago (Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams) goal. Purchai assisted on the play to end the night with three points. (1g, 1a).
In goal, Brycen Dowd (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield) was solid his 2011 debut, making a combined three saves to earn his first win of the year. James Potter totaled seven saves for Suffolk.
On the night, UMass Boston got-off a total of 23 shots in the rain soaked match. For Suffolk their offense totaled 10 shots. The Rams also held a 9-4 advantage in corner kicks as well.
Men's soccer returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Farmingdale State University in New York. Start time is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs.