BOSTON, Mass. – Despite a 21-9 shot advantage in favor of the Beacons, men's soccer (2-3-2) was unable to break the goal line as they battled non-conference rival Salem State University (3-4-1) to a 0-0 draw Wednesday afternoon at Clark Athletic Field.
In the 25 times that UMass and Salem State have shared a field, Wednesday's contest marked the first tie between the two squads. Salem State still holds a decisive advantage over UMass in the all-time series having won 20 of the 25 matches.
Of the 21 shots recorded by the Beacons, 11 were on goal all of which Salem State goalkeeper Scott Hall turned away. For UMB, sophomore goalie Bryce Menard (Randolph, Mass.) combined for two saves, but his play on 50-50 balls in the box was solid all afternoon. On numerous occasions, Menard challenged the Salem State offense and won each and every time they stepped into his goal box.
On the other side of the white line, the Beacons offense peppered the Vikings defense for the first 90 minutes, first finished with 11 shots in the opening half, before adding another 10 in the second. Salem State tallied just five shots in the first 90 minutes of play, but in the overtime the Vikings recorded all four shots in two 10 minutes sudden-death periods.
The Vikings also held a slight advantage in corner kicks, edging the Beacons by the final of 6-5. Physicality was also on full display in Wednesday's contest as both teams battled relentlessly for all 110 minutes. Both teams refused to back down to the other, which made for an exciting contest, especially in the middle third of the pitch.
Leading the Beacons in the shots column was junior Stefanos Galouzis (Watertown, Mass.) with six (3 on goal), followed by Alejandro Lazalde (Monterrey, Mexico), who tallied five shots in the contest. In the midfield, Douglas Silviera (Revere, Mass.) and Kelvin Martinez (East Boston, Mass.) was sensational as they set-up countless plays as well as taking chances at goal.
Men's Soccer returns to action on Saturday when they host Rhode Island College at 1 p.m.