DANBURY, Conn. – A Riven Rodrigues (Brockton, Mass.) goal in the 39th minute proved to the game-tying tally as men's soccer earned a hard-fought double overtime 1-1 draw with Western Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at WCSU Athletic Complex.
UMass Boston 1, Western Connecticut State University 1 (2OT)
UMass Boston (3-6-1, 0-0-1 Little East Conference)
Western CT State U. (5-1-2, 0-0-2 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Rodrigues evened the score when he beat a sprawling WCSU goalkeeper in Luca DiCarlo. Finding his teammate on a sharp pass was John Santos (Brockton, Mass.).
Following the Beacons goal, the two teams settled in for a back-and-forth stalemate over the next 45 minutes. WCSU nearly ended the contest in overtime, but was denied as Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) made a diving save to keep the score knotted at 1-1.
WCSU's Max Cano netted the first goal of the day in the ninth minute of the contest. The forward broke down the left side of the pitch and beat Castro-Dreher to the near post. Chauncey Allers assisted on the play as he found his teammate sprinting up the field.
The Colonials dominated offensively in the overtime as they outshot UMB 11-1, but the Beacons defense led by Castro-Dreher held strong to give UMB a crucial point in the standings. Saturday's contest was the LEC opener for the Beacons and was a match-up between the last two squads to win the conference titles.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Saturday's contest proved to be a physical affair as the two teams were whistled for a combined 35 fouls and four yellow cards respectively
- Castro-Dreher registered eight stops in the draw, while DiCarlo and Daniel Dzabo finished two a pair of stops each
- The Beacons totaled 11 shots in the contest; WCSU finished with 19
- WCSU also held an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks
- Saturday's contest marked the third tie all-time between WCSU and UMB and was the 29th meeting between the two squads
- The last time UMB and WCSU tied was in 1996 in Boston (1-1)
- Since 2010 the Beacons are now 7-1-1 against the Colonials
The Beacons will host Little East Conference newcomer Castleton University on Wednesday at 7 pm.