GORHAM, Maine – Five different players contributed to the scoring column as the UMass Boston Beacons defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 5-0 in a Little East Conference men's soccer game Wednesday night at Hannaford Field.
With the win, UMass Boston improves to 9-2-2 overall and 3-1-1 in Little East Conference action. Southern Maine remains winless at 0-12-3, and 0-5-1 in LEC play.
ON THE PITCH:
All five of the Beacons goals came in the first half as UMB held a 16-1 advantage in shots over the Huskies in the first 45 minutes.
UMass Boston led 2-0 early on goals from sophomore Yasser El Hasnaoui (Marrakesh, Morocco) and junior Nilton de Andrade (Fogo, Cape Verde) scored in the fifth and the seventh minute. El Hasnaoui used a strong individual effort down the left side of the box and slotted in a far post goal for his third marker of the season, while de Andrade notched his ninth goal of the season, touching the ball past his defender with speed and finding the back of the net.
Senior John Santos (Brockton, Mass.) made it 3-0 with a low driven shot to the far post on a direct kick effort in the 27th minute before de Andrade found Nick Fontana in the box in the 35th minute for a 4-0 lead. de Andrade flicked a ball off of his back heel on to the feet of Fontana setting up a one-on-one with the keeper.
Sophomore Josh Madden (Milton, Mass.) finished the Beacons' scoring in the 42nd minute with a strike from distance finding the top left corner of the net for his second goal of 2019.
Senior Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) earned the win making two saves and playing the first 77:48. Senior Sandro van Kuijck (Nunspeet, Netherlands) played the final 12:12 and did not record a save. Southern Maine's sophomore Cameron Atherton (New Milford, Conn.) and senior Dalton Cassidy (Fort Fairfield, Maine) split time in net. Atherton played the first 45, giving up five goals and making four saves. Cassidy made four saves in the second half.
Southern Maine hosts Maine Maritime Academy in non-conference action on Saturday (7:00 pm). Prior to the start of the game (6:45 pm), USM Athletics will honor and recognize Sinisa Bajic '10. A Husky Hall of Fame member, Bajic is being recognized for his induction into the Little East Conference Hall of Fame. A member of Southern Maine's 2008 LEC Regular Season Championship team, Bajic is second in career goals (44), fifth in assists (17) and second in points (105).