DeSouza's Brace Helps Men's Soccer Rally Past Salem State

DeSouza's Brace Helps Men's Soccer Rally Past Salem State

SALEM, Mass.—Sophomore Raffi DeSouza (Watertown, Mass.) scored two goals in less than five minutes, to help UMass Boston men's soccer rally past Salem State University 2-1 Wednesday evening at Alumni Field.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 2, Salem State 1

(UMass Boston 6-2-2)

(Salem State 5-4)

HOW IT HAPPENED

With the Beacons trailing 1-0 late in the game, DeSouza scored at 77:39 and 81:40, to help the Beacons earn their fourth-straight win over the Vikings.

DeSouza has now scored three goals in his past two games, including the first two game-winning tallies of his collegiate career.

Junior Eric Murakami (Woburn, Mass.) set up the game-tying goal for his second assist in as many games. 

In net, sophomore Aidan Carter (Weymouth, Mass.) picked up his first win of the season by making one save in the second half. Fellow sophomore Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) made one save on two shots in the first half.

Salem State's Nahuel Aligbay scored his fourth goal of the season midway through the first half. Sophomore goalie Chris Jimenez made six saves on eight shots in the opening 83:32, before he was sent off with a red card. 

The two teams combined for 21 fouls in the contest and seven yellow cards. The hosts were whistled for five of the yellow cards and the lone red card of the night.

Salem State opened the scoring at 23:10 on their second shot of the game. After an illegal touch by Castro-Dreher outside the box, Aligbay blasted home a free kick from 23-yards out to make it 1-0 in favor of the hosts. 

The Beacons would begin to pick up the pace to end the half but went into the break trailing 1-0, with a slight 4-3 edge in total shots.

UMass Boston would turn the game around in the second stanza. They outshot the Vikings 9-1 and earned a 7-2 edge in corner kicks, as they continually pressured the hosts in search for the game-tying and game-winning goals.

Junior Edson Marques (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) nearly tied the game in the 65th minute, but his shot pinged the post and bounced over the goal line for a goal kick.

The Beacons finally were able to get on the scoreboard at 77:39. Murakami sent a corner kick into the six-yard box and DeSouza rose up and headed it home for a 1-1 tie. 

DeSouza was able to score his second goal in a span of 4:01 off another Murakami corner kick. Once again Murakami lofted a ball into the box and DeSouza was able to get his head to the ball to make it 2-1 at 81:40. 

Salem State's chances for a comeback were hurt in the 84th minute, when Jimenez was issued a straight red card.

The Beacons held the Vikings without a shot the rest of the way to secure their second-straight win.

BY THE NUMBERS 

  • UMass Boston earned a 13-4 advantage in shots and a 9-3 lead in shots on goals.
  • The Beacons improved to 8-21-1 all-time against the Vikings with the win. In their last meetings, UMass Boston has gone 4-0 and outscored Salem State 15-2.
  • DeSouza has scored three goals in his past two games, after not scoring a goal in his first 24 contests. The sophomore sits tied for second on the Beacons in goals with three and leads the team with his two game-winning goals.
  • Carter improved to 5-0-1 for his career with his first win of 2017. He has allowed just one goal in 135 minutes this season.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will return home to host the University of Southern Maine on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference showdown.