November 5, 2014



Boston, Mass.-Rhode Island College freshman goalkeeper Adam Ghazal (Pawtucket, RI) stopped eight shots, but UMass Boston senior forward Lenir Lima (Mindelo, Cape Verde) tallied a late second half goal to lift the Beacons to a 1-0 victory over the Anchormen in Little East Conference Menís Soccer Tournament semifinal action on Wednesday afternoon.


The first half saw a defensive battle as Ghazal stopped three shots for the Anchormen (12-6-1), while UMass Boston (13-5-2) junior Alfonso Rosales (Revere, MA) turned aside one for the top-seeded Beacons.


Ghazal was tested early when UMB junior forward Luis Mattos (Sete Lagoas, Brazil) ripped a shot on net, which Ghazal parried away in the fourth minute. The action died down until the 39th minute when RIC sophomore midfielder Dan Monteiro (Pawtucket, RI) and UMB senior captain Marcus Pizzetti (Malden, MA) were each given a red card for a scuffle around midfield. The defenses held strong and the game entered halftime with the score knotted at 0-0.



 Freshman goalkeeper Adam Ghazal


Rhode Island College looked to get on the board early in the second half when senior forward Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) took a shot from 15 yards out, but Rosales was up to the task, keeping the game scoreless. The Beacons nearly scored in the 73rd minute when junior forward Pedro Dasilva (Fogo, Cape Verde), the LEC leader in goal, snuck behind the RIC defense and ripped a shot on Ghazal. Ghazal stopped the first shot and did just enough to force Dasilvaís second offering wide of the net.


Mattos nearly broke through again for the Beacons when a loose ball found him wide open on the near side of the net. He ripped a high shot that beat Ghazal but caromed off the crossbar and was cleared away from danger. The Anchormen had another opportunity to beat Rosales, but freshman forward Komla Dogbey (Providence, RI) sent a shot from 20 yards out wide left.


The Beacons finally broke through in the 88th minute when Lima took a feed from freshman midfielder Joshua Khang (Brockton, MA) and slipped it past Ghazal to give the Beacons the lead. The late goal proved to be the deciding margin of victory as the Beacons advance to the LEC Championship with the 1-0 victory.


Ghazal stopped nine shots in defeat, while Rosales made two saves in the victory. With the victory, UMass Boston will host third-seeded Keene State in the Little East Tournament Championship Game on Saturday, Nov. 8.