DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Led by Beacon senior Eric Murakami’s (Sao Paolo, Brazil) three-point afternoon, the UMass Boston offense ignited for four goals in the second half to handle the Corsairs, 4-0, at Cressy Field on Saturday afternoon.
How It Happened
The Beacons kept the Corsair defense busy in the first half, totaling 11 shots and five on goal, but the Blue and Gold withstood the visiting onslaught to battle to a scoreless intermission. It would take until halfway through the latter half of the intrastate quarrel for a scoreboard revision as 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. UMass Boston added another on an accurate lob pass over the middle from sophomore Yuran Teixeira (Praia, Cape Verde) to junior Raffi DeSouza (Watertown, Mass.) for the second point.
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 that found the right foot of freshman Jonathan Rodrigues (Brockton, Mass.). In the 86th minute, sophomore midfielder Estevao Gomes (Fogo, Cape Verde) loaned the helper to freshman Josh Madden (Milton, Mass.) on a cross-field pass to place the finishing touches on the one-sided clash.
Inside The Numbers
- Beacon junior goalie Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) registered his fourth shutout of the season and second straight clean sheet between the posts.
- Corsair freshman keeper Chris Moussavi (Bellmore, N.Y.) made a career-high five saves.
- UMass Boston saw a different goal scorer for each of its markers.
- The Beacons outshot the hosts, 20-7.
The Corsairs will hit the road to take on Mass. Maritime on Tuesday at 7 p.m., while UMass Boston returns home to host Salem State on Wednesday evening.
(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)