BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston men's soccer erupted for three second-half goals, to earn a 3-0 win over visiting Bridgewater State University on Monday night at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 3, Bridgewater State University 0
(UMass Boston 6-1-1)
(Bridgewater State 1-6-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After being stymied by the Bears defensive shape in the first half, UMass Boston struck for three goals in a 30-minute span of the second half, to earn their fifth-consecutive victory.
Sophomore Riven Rodrigues (Brockton, Mass.) scored his first collegiate brace to lead the Beacons offensive attack.
Redshirt junior Nilton de Andrade (Fogo, Cape Verde) scored the other goal, which went down as the game-winning tally.
In net, Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) posted his second-straight shutout, after making two saves.
Bridgewater State senior goalie Nate Morgado made four saves on seven shots to fall to 1-6-1.
UMass Boston dominated the possession in the first half, but managed just five shots and two shots on goal against the Bears back eight.
The Beacons finally broke through in the 51st minute. Yuran Teixeira (Fogo, Cape Verde) played a perfectly weighted ball to the edge of the 18-yard box and de Andrade raced past his defender, before whipping a right-footed shot past the keeper and into the far netting.
UMass Boston doubled their lead in the 62nd minute. Rodrigues and Nick Fontana (Marshfield, Mass.) combined for a perfect give-and-go goal, with Fontana's back-heel pass putting Rodrigues in on goal for an easy right-footed finish.
Bridgewater State had their best chance to score in the 72nd minute. After Castro-Dreher made the initial save on a Bears shot, the ball was unsuccessfully cleared out of the box. A second shot was headed off the line by Emelson Barbosa (Dorchester, Mass.) and the ball finally went over the line, but it was waived off after a Bears player made contact with Castro-Dreher.
The Beacons capped off the scoring in the 80th minute. Gui Barbosa (Saugus, Mass.) played a lead pass out wide for Daniel Campos (Guadalajara, Mexico), and Campos' perfectly weighted cross to the back post went off of Rodrigues' chest and in for a 3-0 lead.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston led Bridgewater State in shots (12-10) and shots on goal (7-2). The Beacons also held a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.
- Rodrigues has now scored three goals in his past two games, after not scoring in his first six contests.
- With the win, UMass Boston improves to 10-8 all-time against the Bears and snapped a two-game losing streak in the series.
- During their five-game winning streak, UMass Boston has now outscored their opponents 16-2.
- The Beacons are now 6-0-1 over their past seven home games dating back to last season.
UMass Boston will face 7-0 Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday at 4 p.m. in their Little East Conference home opener.