Men's Soccer Defeats Wentworth 2-0 To Earn First Win Of The Season

Men's Soccer Defeats Wentworth 2-0 To Earn First Win Of The Season

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston men's soccer scored twice in the final 30 minutes, to earn a 2-0 win over Wentworth Institute of Technology on Monday afternoon at James Cotter Field. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 2, Wentworth 0

(UMass Boston 1-0-1) 
(Wentworth 1-1) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Yuran Teixeira (Praia, Cape Verde) and Nick Fontana (Marshfield, Mass.) each scored for the hosts, who earned their first win of the year in their home opener. 

Senior keeper Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) made three saves to earn his 19th career shutout and 26th career victory. 

Wentworth sophomore goalie Robbie West suffered his first collegiate defeat, after allowing two goals on eight shots. 

UMass Boston had the better end of the chances in a scoreless first half, as they recorded all four shots on goal. 

Nilton de Andrade (Fogo, Cape Verde) had an early right-footed chance stopped by West and then later he drove into the box on a mini breakaway, but his left-footed shot went off of West's knee and out of harms way. 

The Beacons picked up their pressure in the second half and finally took the lead at 63:21. 

De Andrade drew a penalty kick, after he received a pass from Estevao Gomes (Fogo, Cape Verde) and was taken down just as he was attempting a left-footed shot inside the box. 

Teixeira stepped up to the spot and calmly slotted his shot into the lower-left corner of the net, for his second penalty-kick goal of the season.  

Fontana put the game away in the 87th minute. De Andrade went up for a header and nodded the ball down towards Fontana, while falling hard to the turf. With the two Wentworth defenders closest to the ball slow to react, Fontana took the ball off of one of the defender's feet and dribbled in on a breakaway, before calmly finishing with his right foot for a 2-0 lead. 

Castro-Dreher was forced to make his toughest save of the contest with 90 seconds to play. Nathan Gosselin got a running start at the top of the box and sent a hard shot low on the turf, that Castro-Dreher was able to slide in front of to keep the shutout intact. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston outshot the Leopards 15-6 and earned an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal.
  • Castro-Dreher moved into a tie for second-place in program history for career wins with the victory. He is now six wins shy of tying Alfonso Rosales ('15) for the program record for career victories (32). 
  • UMass Boston improved to 7-0-0 all-time against Wentworth with the win. The Beacons have scored multiple goals in all seven contests and defeated the Leopards by multiple goals in every game. 
  • Teixeira tied Mike Reda ('06) for the program record for made penalty kicks (six) on Monday. The two players both hold the record for made penalties, attempted penalties (six) and the highest conversion rate (6-6). 
  • With his second appearance of the year, Castro-Dreher became the third goalie in program history to play in 50 career games.
  • The Beacons are now 6-1 in home openers under seventh-year head coach Jake Beverlin. 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will travel to WPI on Saturday afternoon for a 3 p.m. non-conference contest. WPI will be the second of four New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) teams the Beacons will face this fall.