BRIDGEWATER, Mass.—Bridgewater State University scored two goals in less than a minute in the first half and held on over the final 65 minutes to earn a 2-1 win over UMass Boston men's soccer Saturday evening.
Bridgewater State University 2, UMass Boston 1
(UMass Boston 0-2-0)
(Bridgewater State 2-0-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Despite outshooting the hosts by a 2-to-1 margin, UMass Boston couldn't avoid a second-consecutive 2-1 defeat.
Freshman Christopher Garcia (Wakefield, Mass.) recorded his first career goal to account for the Beacons' lone tally. The freshman cut the deficit to 2-1 at 41:55, when he took a pass from Mauricio Martinez (Cali, Colombia) and Estevao Gomes (Fogo, Cape Verde) and floated a ball towards the back post that went over the goalie and just underneath the bar.
The Beacons easily could have tied the game or even won it, if not for Nate Morgado's four saves. The Bridgewater State keeper made three point-blank saves inside the 18, including a key stop on Gui Barbosa's (Saugus, Mass.) header in the 78th minute.
Kevin Roberts (23:55) and Odair Monteiro (24:51) scored within 56 seconds of each other to help the Bears improve to 2-0.
The Beacons controlled the first 23 minutes but neither side was able to put a shot on target.
That all changed when Roberts gave the Bears lead. Kane Moran headed a ball into the path of Roberts who calmly slid his shot past Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) for a 1-0 edge.
Bridgewater State used a similar attack to net their second goal, with Robson Montrond finding Monteiro with a header and Monteiro finishing for his first goal of the year.
A brilliant diving save by Morgado off a blistering shot by senior defender Eric Murakami (Sao Paolo, Brazil) with five minutes to go in the opening period kept the Bears' lead at two. The Beacons also had a goal called back on a corner kick due to a foul in the box.
After cutting the edge to 2-1 just before the break, UMass Boston had two good looks on target to tie the game.
Morgado denied Nelson Cardoso (São Vicente, Cape Verde) from point-blank range just after the hour mark.
The Beacons had their best look in the 78th minute. De Andrade's initial shot from outside the box was blocked, but he followed his rebound and beat his defender to the goal line before sending a cross towards the back post. Barbosa leapt up inside the six-yard box and headed the ball on frame, but Morgado was able to deflect the shot away.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston held a 20-10 edge in shots, but only a 5-4 lead in shots on goal.
- Both teams finished with four corner kicks and Bridgewater State held a slight edge in fouls (21-19).
- With the loss, UMass Boston now leads the all-time series 9-8. Bridgewater State has won two in a row, after the Beacons won back-to-back games in 2015-16.
- Junior transfer John Santos (Brockton, Mass.) made his Beacons' debut in the loss.
The Beacons will prepare to take on #5 Tufts University. The two sides who met in the 2016 Sweet 16, will play on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Tuft's Bello Field.
Parts of this release courtesy of Bridgewater State Sports Information