October 3, 2012

Bears Claw Past Men's Soccer in Overtime

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – After a wild second half, which saw men's soccer overcome a three-goal deficit to tie the game at 3-3 and force an overtime period, Wednesday's non-conference match between UMass Boston and Bridgewater State would come to a close five minutes into the first overtime with the Bears Steve McAvoy scoring the game-winning tally to give Bridgewater State a 4-3 win at Swenson Field.

With the loss the Beacons overall record fell to 3-6-2, while Bridgewater State improved to 4-5-1 on the season.

McAvoy's deciding goal, his second of the year, came off of an assist from Braima Samati who crossed the ball into the middle, where it was met by McAvoy, who then managed to dribble through the Beacons defense and place the ball to the far low post bringing an end to Wednesday's match.

Setting up the overtime period was a three-goal flurry by the Beacons all of which came in a four minute window.  Sparking the late rally was Victory Hugo Costa (Brasilia, Brazil) who netted UMB's first goal of the night 74:32 to make it 3-1 in favor of the Bears. 

After that it was Reyn Johnson (Mangilao, Guam) at the 76:56 mark which made it just a one-goal game.  Johnson's score marked the second of the week for the senior.  Both of the Beacons first two goals came off of headers off of corners, while UMass' final goal, which was scored by Kelvin Martinez (East Boston, Mass.), came as a result of shot that was redirected by a Bridgewater State defender.  The final Beacons goal came at the 77:51 mark capping off one of the Beacons best rally's to-date.

On the night the host Bears outshot the Beacons 24-13, with 14 of those shots ending up on goal, while UMass tallied six shots on goal.  Sophomore goalkeeper Bryce Menard (Randolph, Mass.) came-up with nine saves, while his Bridgewater counterpart Matt Bagley totaled three stops.  UMass Boston did hold a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks. 

In the first half, Bridgewater controlled most of the play as they took a 2-0 advantage on goals from Jeff Braverman and Ramon Ambrosio.  The Bears led the first 45 minutes in shots 12-3, while in the second half the shot total was much closer with Bridgewater holding just +2 advantage in the shots column (11-9).  The Bears only goal of the second half was netted by Simao Mendes just three minutes in.

Men's Soccer returns to action on Saturday when they host UMass Dartmouth at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference match.