BOSTON, Mass.—Behind goals from Estevao Gomes (Fogo, Cape Verde) and Yuran Teixeira (Praia, Cape Verde), UMass Boston men's soccer earned a 2-1 win over host Worcester State University on Tuesday evening.
UMass Boston 2, Worcester State University 1
(UMass Boston 4-1-1)
(Worcester State University 2-5)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Gomes and Teixeira each scored in the opening 24 minutes and Omar Castro-Dreher made a key stop on a first-half penalty, to lead the Beacons to their third-straight victory.
Freshman center back Jeffrey Toro (East Boston, Mass.) recorded the Beacons lone assist in the contest.
In net, Castro-Dreher made four saves on five shots, including stopping one of the two penalties he faced.
Lincoln Henry scored his team-leading third goal of the season on a second-half penalty for the Lancers.
Senior keeper Henri Guilmette made nine saves on 11 shots to fall to 2-5 on the season.
Gomes gave the Beacons a 1-0 advantage just 3:58 into the contest. After the Beacons won a free kick in their own half, Toro lofted a long ball into the box from midfield and the ball skipped over the head of a defender, allowing Gomes to head the ball past the onrushing keeper.
The Lancers had a great chance to tie the game in the 15th minute. After the Beacons were called for a foul in the box, Castro-Dreher dove to his right and parried Lincoln's penalty kick attempt over the goal line to keep the lead intact.
UMass Boston doubled their lead just under 20 minutes later after their first goal. After Nick Fontana (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was dragged down in the box, Teixeira stepped up to the spot and drilled his penalty into the far netting for his third penalty-kick goal of the season.
Worcester State cut the deficit in half at 55:51, when Henry converted on his penalty-kick effort.
UMass Boston limited the hosts to just one shot over the final 34 minutes to close out the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Lancers 24-7 and earned an 11-5 edge in shots on goal.
- With the win, UMass Boston improves to 8-3 all-time against Worcester State University and stretches their winning streak to seven in a row.
- Teixeira set the program record for penalty kick makes and attempts (7-7) with his successful penalty kick in the first half.
- Castro-Dreher set the program record for career games started by a UMass Boston goalie in the victory (52).
- Nilton de Andrade (Fogo, Cape Verde) led the Beacons with 10 shots and five shots on goal.
UMass Boston will open Little East Conference play on Saturday, when they travel to take on Castleton University at 1 p.m. in the final game of their three-game road trip.