TACOMA, Wash.--UMass Boston men's soccer tied their program record for their best start to a season (4-0-0), behind the first two goals of freshman Mohamed Kenawy's (Revere, Mass.) collegiate career.
UMass Boston 2, University of Puget Sound 0
(UMass Boston 4-0-0, Little East 0-0-0)
(University of Puget Sound 2-3, Northwest Conference 0-0-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Playing in his first collegiate game as a center-forward, Kenawy scored a goal in each half to help the Beacons complete a dominant 2-0 West Coast road trip.
With the victory, UMass Boston matched the 2003, 2005 and 2011 squads for the best start to a season in program history.
The freshman midfielder/forward scored his first collegiate goal just past the half-hour mark, before adding a wonderful strike at 51:26.
Junior Edmilson Barros (Praia, Cape Verde) picked up the lone assist of the day for UMass Boston. Barros has now recorded a point in three-straight games and leads the Beacons with his seven total points.
Senior goalie Alfonso Rosales (Revere, Mass.) posted his first shutout of the season and improved to 2-0-0 by stopping three shots. With the shutout, Rosales moved into fourth place in program history with his 9.5 career shutouts.
After a fairly even start to the game, UMass Boston broke the scoreless tie at the 30:04 mark. Barros beat his defender to the by line and sent a low cross that skipped off of the goalie's hands and towards the goal line. Kenawy slid in front of his defender and flicked the ball in with his toe for a 1-0 advantage.
His second goal was even more impressive, as the freshman beat the Loggers goalie from distance. Kenawy recieved a pass from Barros and dribbled towards the top of the 18-yard box, before turning towards goal and ripping a right-footed shot that pinged off the inside of the near post and in.
Rosales was barely tested in the contest but he was forced to make a key save in the 63rd minute to keep the momentum with the Beacons. Ezra Kraus brought the ball in one-on-one with Rosales, only to have his shot towards the far post be parried wide on a terrific full-extension diving save.
UMass Boston would create a bevy of chances going forward, but would have to settle for their second two-goal victory of the year.
BY THE NUMBERS
• UMass Boston outshot Puget Sound 13-11 and held a slight 4-3 edge in shots on target.
• Sophomore Gabriel Gomes-Pereira (Ipatinga, Brazil) made his debut as a Beacon in the victory.
• The Beacons are 4-0-0 and have now had four different players score the game-winning tally.
• Freshman Denis Martinez (Chelsea, Mass.) made his first collegiate start in the win.
UMass Boston will return to Boston Monday afternoon and begin preparing to travel to Salem State University on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. With a victory, the Beacons would set a new program-record for the best start to a season.