Men's Soccer Smothers Spartans 5-0 In LEC Play

Men's Soccer Smothers Spartans 5-0 In LEC Play

BOSTON, Mass.—Five different players scored to lead UMass Boston men's soccer past Castleton University in the first-ever conference meeting between the two programs Wednesday night. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 5, Castleton University 0

(UMass Boston 4-6-1, Little East 1-0-1) 

(Castleton University 4-4-1, Little East 1-1-1) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

UMass Boston scored all five goals in a 50-minute span, to easily hand the Spartans their first-ever Little East Conference defeat. 

Junior Raffi DeSouza (Watertown, Mass.) paced the Beacons with a goal and two assists for a team-best four points. Freshman forward Jonathan Rodrigues (Brockton, Mass.) added his first collegiate goal and an assist off the bench. 

Julio DaSilva (Icara, Brazil), Riven Rodrigues (Brockton, Mass.) and Eric Murakami (São Paulo, Brazil) each added a goal in the victory.  

In net, juniors Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) and Aidan Carter (Weymouth, Mass.) combined for the team's first conference shutout. Castro-Dreher made two saves in the first 72:49, before Carter came on for the final 17:11. 

Castleton sophomore goalie Alex Fernald allowed five goals on 11 shots to fall to 2-3-1.

Neither side was able to break the deadlock through the first 20 minutes, with the ball pinging around the midfield. 

The Beacons took the lead at 22:45 off of three perfectly executed touches. Castro-Dreher booted a goal kick across midfield and DeSouza rose for a header and perfectly flicked it into the path of DeSouza. DeSouza ran on to the ball inside the 18-yard box and slid it back across the goalmouth past the on-rushing goalie for a 1-0 lead. 

UMass Boston doubled their lead at 38:31. Sophomore back Leo Herrera (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) rushed forward and won a challenge to push the ball forward for DeSouza. DeSouza collected the pass and slid a perfect through ball to J. Rodrigues, who beat the goalie in a one-one-one challenge from 12-yards out. 

With the wind against their face to start the second half, UMass Boston put the game out of reach just 1:47 into the half. DeSouza received a pass on the far side just outside the 18-yard box with two defenders to beat. The junior dribbled into the box and attempted a cross but it was knocked back at him. He picked up the loose ball and took two touches towards the goal line, before ripping a shot from a tight-angle into the top netting. 

Murakami put the game away for sure in the 59thminute. After a Beacon was taken down 22-yards away from goal, Murakami stepped up and laced a free kick off the underside of the bar and into the net for a 4-0 advantage. 

The Beacons continued the goal fest with a goal at 69:12. J. Rodrigues produced a cheeky back-heel flick to find R. Rodrigues at the back post and R. Rodrigues calmly finished for a 5-0 lead. 

The game opened up over the final 20 minutes, but Fernald made several strong stops, including a great diving save on Josh Crespo's (Curitiba, Brazil) cleverly taken free kick. 

BY THE NUMBERS 

  • UMass Boston outshot the Spartans 20-6 and held an 11-2 edge in shots on goal. 
  • Wednesday's meeting marked the second-ever meeting between the two programs. The Beacons defeated then Castleton State University 2-0 on September 9, 1990. 
  • Castleton joined the Little East Conference for this academic year. They are the first new program in the LEC since the 1997-98 season when Keene State College joined. 
  • DeSouza came into Wednesday's contest without a point, but ended the game tied for the third with four points. 
  • DaSilva leads the team with five goals and 10 points this year. The Beacons are 3-0 when he scores a goal. 
  • UMass Boston held the Little East Conference's leading point scorer Seraphin Iradukunda without a shot or point in the contest. 
  • With the win, UMass Boston is one of two unbeaten teams left in the Little East. Keene State College, who hosts UMass Dartmouth on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., is 1-0 in LEC play. 
  • The Beacons five goals are the team's most goals in a single-game since the 2016 LEC Semifinals, when UMass Boston defeated Eastern Connecticut State University 7-2. 
  • Twenty different Beacons played in the contest and seven different players recorded a point. 
  • Castro-Dreher's assists was the first of his collegiate career. 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will travel to intra-state rival UMass Dartmouth on Saturday at 3 p.m. for a conference contest.