DARTMOUTH, Mass.—Junior back Eric Murakami (São Paulo, Brazil) recorded a goal and an assist to lead UMass Boston men's soccer past rival UMass Dartmouth 4-0 Saturday at Cressy Field.
UMass Boston 4, UMass Dartmouth
(UMass Boston 5-6-1, Little East 2-0-1)
(UMass Dartmouth 0-8-1, Little East 0-3-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
UMass Boston dominated the hosts from start-to-finish but had to wait till the hour mark to take the lead on Murakami's third goal of the season. The goal opened the flood gates, as three other Beacons scored over the final 30 minutes in the blowout 4-0 win.
Murakami finished with a team-best three points and finished second on the team with four shots and two shots on goal.
Junior Raffi DeSouza (Watertown, Mass.) and freshman Riven Rodrigues (Brockton, Mass.) each added their second goals of the week, before freshman Josh Madden (Milton, Mass.) closed out the scoring with his first collegiate tally.
In net, junior Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) set the program record for career shutouts with his 14th clean sheet. He was forced to make just one save in his second-straight shutout performance and third shutout of the season.
UMass Dartmouth freshman goalie Chris Moussavi made a career-high five saves in his second collegiate start.
The Beacons dominated the first half, outshooting UMass Dartmotuh 11-4 and earning a 5-0 edge in shots on goal. UMass Boston looked poise to score their first goal during a 2-minute span early on. The Beacons created three corner kicks and recorded two shots in a 90-second span starting at 10:46.
UMass Boston finally broke the scoreless deadlock at 59:45. Murakami put his laces through a loose ball atop the 18-yard box, uncorking a low-level line drive into the back right corner of the nylon.
The Beacons added a second goal just over 10 minutes later on an accurate lob pass over the middle from sophomore Yuran Teixeira (Praia, Cape Verde) to DeSouza.
The final 10 minutes featured another pair of scores for the visiting squad, with the first coming via a well-placed corner kick to the near post from Murakami, that found the right foot of Rodrigues.
In the 86th minute, sophomore midfielder Estevao Gomes (Fogo, Cape Verde) loaned the helper to Madden on a cross-field pass, to place the finishing touches on the one-sided clash.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot their rivals 20-7 and held a 9-1 edge in shots on goals. The Beacons also led 9-3 in corner kicks.
- With the win, UMass Boston stretched their unbeaten streak to four in a row (3-0-1) and have now won four of their past six contests.
- Castro-Dreher has not allowed a goal over his past two appearances (166:49) and a goal in the past 218:01. Over his past four appearances, he's allowed just one goal on 14 total shots.
- UMass Boston has scored nine goals in their past two games, including seven in the second half. On the season, the Beacons have scored 15 of their 21 goals in the second stanza.
- Despite playing the majority of the season as a back, Murakami sits second on the Beacons roster in goals (three), assists (two) and points (eight).
- The Beacons earned their fifth-straight win over the Corsairs to improve to 12-22-3 all-time against UMass Dartmouth.
UMass Boston will return to non-conference play, when they host Salem State University on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Parts of this release courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information Department