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No. 3 UMass Boston, No. 4 Western Connecticut Heading to 2018 LEC Men’s Soccer Semifinals

2018 men's soccer first round

Tournament Central | Interactive Bracket 

No. 3 UMass Boston 4, No. 6 Southern Maine 1 – Box Score

FOR THE RECORD: The Beacons evened their record for the season at 9-9-2 with the win. The Huskies ended the season at 3-13-3 overall.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Sophomores Julio DaSilva (Icara, Brazil) and Raffi DeSouza (Icara, Brazil) each had a hand in three of UMass Boston's four goals in the match, opening the scoring in the 35th minute and later capping the scoring with six minutes remaining. He also setup the eventual game-winner five minutes into the second half, sending a cross into the box that was headed home by DaSilva. DaSilva assisted on DeSouza's first tally before setting up fellow sophomore Josh Crespo (Curitiba, Brazil) in the 57th minute.

Senior Sam Anderson (Middletown, Conn.) had a quick answer for Creaspo's marker, chipping home a shot initially taken by sophomore Jonata Mbongo (Portland, Maine) at 58:19 for his second goal of the year, but that was the only ball the Huskies could get past UMass Boston junior Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.), who finished with four saves.

No. 4 Western Connecticut 1, No. 5 Castleton 0 (OT) – Box Score

FOR THE RECORD: The Colonials improved their record to 15-3-3 for the year with the dramatic victory, while the Spartans ended their first year as a LEC member at 9-9-1.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Senior Chauncey Allers (Wilton, Conn,) scored the only goal of the match with just three seconds remaining the first and only overtime period to send WestConn to the LEC semifinals. The Colonials were pressuring late when junior Thomas Langkafel (Carmel, N.Y.) centered the ball from the right of the box, finding Allers out front who knocked the ball into the back of the net for his conference-leading 23rd goal of the year.

Sophomore Daniel Szabo (Trumbull, Conn.) stopped seven shots to record the victory in goal for Colonials, who outshot Castleton 30-16 in the match. Freshman Ryan McKay (Mendon, Vt.) also had seven saves in taking the loss for the Spartans.