Oct. 12, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. – With a hat-trick from Victor Hugo Costa (Malden, MA), men’s soccer (8-4) cruised to a 5-0 non-conference win over Emerson College (7-7) Wednesday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Field.
All three of Costa’s goals came in the first half, as the Beacons dominated Wednesday’s match from start to finish. In 90 minutes of consistent play, UMass outshot their opponent 24-5, with 13 of those chances ending up on goal. Brian Sanz (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), also found the back of the net in the win at the 25th minute of the opening half. Dan Purchia (Winchester, MA), who has been a solid threat for the Beacons this season notched his fourth goal late in the second half. He almost had his sixth score of the year just as time expired, but he was called offside by the official.
A variety of players picked-up either one or multiple assists in the victory. Stefanos Galouzis (Watertown, MA) assisted both the second and third goals of the match. Douglas Silviera (Revere, MA) also contributed to the Beacons second score, while Brandon Han (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Victor Rosario (Newton, MA) each received an assist on Purchia’s goal in the 82nd minute.
On top of the solid offensive production, goalkeeper Brycen Dowd (Mansfield, MA) recorded just three saves on his way to his sixth shutout of the year. With that shutout, Dowd ties the program record for shutouts in a single season. The last time a UMass Boston goalkeeper kept six opponents scoreless in a season was Noel Cotterell ‘82 in 1981 and Bob Ahearn ‘86 in 1985.
UMass also held an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks, and the defense limited the Lions to just the three shots on goal, which Dowd picked-up. Emerson goalkeeper Noah Price totaled eight saves in the loss, as he fell to 4-7. Dowd improved his record to 8-4 with the victory.
Men’s Soccer returns to action on Saturday when they host Eastern Connecticut State University at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference match.