NEWPORT, R.I.—Behind a career-high 12 saves from senior keeper Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.), UMass Boston men's soccer earned a 1-0 shutout win over host Salve Regina University on Saturday afternoon.
UMass Boston 1, Salve Regina University 0
(UMass Boston 3-1-1)
(Salve Regina 2-2-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Castro-Dreher put together his best statistical performance in his program-record setting 53rd game as a Beacon. The senior stopped five shots in the first half and added seven more in the second half, for his program record 20th career shutout.
Sophomore transfer Yasser El Hasnaoui (Dedham, Mass.) provided all the offense Castro-Dreher would need. The former Bunker Hill Community College player scored the game's only goal in the 29th minute.
Junior Nilton de Andrade (Fogo, Cape Verde) recorded the lone assist on the game-winning goal.
Salve Regina goalie Nathan Reid made three saves on four shots to fall to 2-2 on the year.
UMass Boston scored the lone goal of the contest on a perfectly-executed counter attack. Estevao Gomes (Fogo, Cape Verde) won the ball back just outside the Beacons' 18-yard box. Gui Barbosa (Saugus, Mass.) picked up the loose ball and immediately raced towards midfield before pinging a pass across midfield. De Andrade's first touch redirected the ball past the center back and in front of El Hasnaoui who took one touch, before burying a shot past the keeper with his left foot.
The Seahawks dominated the shots over the final 45-minutes, but Castro-Dreher stood up to the test with seven saves.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Salve Regina outshot UMass Boston 28-9 and led 12-4 in shots on goal.
- Castro-Dreher now holds the UMass Boston program record for games played (53), shutouts (20) and goals against average (0.94). He also ranks in the top three in program history in games started by a goalie (49-third) and wins (28-second).
- De Andrade finishes the week with 10 points (three goals and four wins) in a pair of Beacons wins.
- With the win, UMass Boston improves to 5-1 all-time against Salve Regina University.
- Castro-Dreher's 12 saves are tied for the sixth-most saves in a single-game in program history. Michael J. Tady ('03) made a record 19 saves against Keene State College in 2002.
UMass Boston will continue their three-game road trip on Tuesday, when they travel to Worcester State University for a 7 p.m. kickoff.