Men's Soccer and MIT Settle For Stalemate On Opening Day

Men's Soccer and MIT Settle For Stalemate On Opening Day

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—MIT's Sebastian Simon scored with 11 seconds left in regulation, to force UMass Boston men's soccer and MIT to settle for a 2-2 tie on Opening Day. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 2, MIT 2 (2OT)

(UMass Boston 0-0-1)
(MIT 0-0-1)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Simon's header goal prevented the Beacons from a regulation victory and then both sides were unable to convert good chances in the extra sessions.

Yuran Teixeira (Praia, Cape Verde) and Nilton de Andrade (Fogo, Cape Verde) each scored for the Beacons to help erase an early 1-0 deficit.

In net, Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) made six saves on eight shots in his first start of his senior campaign.

Peter Novoa and Simon each scored for the hosts, while Jeremy Cowham stopped four of the six shots he faced.

Novoa gave the hosts a 1-0 advantage just over 25 minutes in, when he headed home Richter Brezki's corner kick at 25:53.

The Beacons answered back less than five minutes later. Senior Nick Fontana (Marshfield, Mass.) was dragged down at the top of the box for a penalty kick and Teixeira calmly stepped up and drilled his penalty over the keeper for a 1-1 tie.

After controlling the play for most of the first half, UMass Boston found themselves on the back foot to start the second stanza.

The Beacons broke the momentum at 75:31 on a perfect connection from two of their upperclassmen. Gui Barbosa (Saugus, Mass.) floated a pass towards the edge of the 18-yard box and de Andrade beat the keeper to the ball and flicked it up and over the goalie, and just under the bar for a 2-1 lead.

UMass Boston had chances to put the game away late, but one goal was called offside and several other chances went just wide.

MIT made the Beacons pay with under 15 seconds to play. After a Beacons foul in their own defensive half, Carlos Hernandez pinged a free kick towards the back post and Simon headed it off the underside of the bar and in for a 2-2 tie with 11 seconds left.

UMass Boston had several chances to put the game away in overtime. de Andrade hit the post at 95:13 and Fontana pinged the outside of the net from in close in the second overtime.

Castro-Dreher preserved the point in the final minute, when he pawed Loukas Carayannopoulos' shot over the bar from distance at 109:19.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • MIT outshot the Beacons 20-12 and held an 8-6 edge in shots on goal. The Enginers also led 5-1 in corner kicks.
  • Fontana, de Andrade, Barbosa and Daniel Campos (Guadalajara, Mexico) all were in the starting lineup Friday, after missing most of last season due to injuries.
  • The two teams combined for 38 fouls and five yellow cards in a tightly contested contest.
  • Three players made their Beacons debut on Friday. Freshmen Jeffrey Toro (East Boston, Mass.) and Kevin Torrico (Providence, R.I.) each made their collegiate debuts in the tie.
  • Friday's tie marked the first stalemate between the two sides since September 13, 2000 (2-2 2OT). MIT leads the all-time series 13-5-2.
  • With his six saves, Castro-Dreher moved into a tie for tenth all-time in program history with 172 career saves.

WHO'S NEXT  

UMass Boston will face off against another local rival on Monday, when they host Wentworth Institute of Technology in their home opener (2 p.m.).