November 5, 2016



Providence, R.I.--The No. 2-seeded Rhode Island College menís soccer team fell to No. 1 seed UMass Boston in the finals of the 2016 Little East Conference Championship played at James Cotter Field on Saturday night.


It marked the third straight season the two teams have faced off against other in the conference tourney and the second consecutive year the pair have met in the finals. UMass Boston claims the LECís automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Div. III Men's Soccer Championship with the victory.


UMass Boston (17-1-2) took the early lead just 9:12 into the contest when Rhode Island College (15-4-1) was whistled for a foul just outside the box.  On the ensuing free kick, sophomore midfielder Mohamed Kenawy (Revere, MA) sent a cross to senior defender Edmilson Barros (Praia, Cape Verde) who headed in a goal to give the Beacons the 1-0 advantage. RIC responded quickly and evened the game in the 14th minute when sophomore midfielder Dennis Vazquez (Providence, RI) played a ball on the end line and sent a perfect crossing pass into the box. 



 Junior forward Komla Dogbey


Junior forward Komla Dogbey (Providence, RI) then blasted in a shot from 10 yards out for his 15th goal of the season to knot the game at 1-1. With just over five minutes left in the first half, the Beacons regained the advantage as junior midfielder Joshua Khang (Brockton, MA) scored with assists from senior midfielder Klismam Mendes (Fogo, Cape Verde) and senior defenseman Arlindo Goncalves (Brockton, MA). UMass Boston had the slight, 3-2, advantage in shots for the first half and took the only corner kick of the stanza.


The second half was a defensive battle on both sides of the field with UMass Boston holding a 3-2 advantage in shots for the half.  Neither squad could muster much offense, however, as the host Beacons had a 6-4 lead in shots for the game and held on for the 2-1 victory.


In net, UMB freshman Aidan Carter (Weymouth, MA) made one save to notch the victory, while senior Chris Moura (Rumford, RI) had one stop in the setback for the Anchormen.