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