Panthers tied for third in LEC, still eyeing playoff bid
NEW HAMPTON, N.H. – Juniors Pedro Dasilva (Fogo, Cape Verde) and Luis Mattos (Sete Lagoas, Brazil) scored goals and the University of Massachusetts Boston kept Plymouth State University off the scoreboard Sunday afternoon as the Beacons blanked the Panthers, 2-0, in a Little East Conference men's soccer match at The New Hampton School field.
The Beacons clinched their first Little East regular season title in the program's history as UMB improved to 12-4-1 overall and 5-0-1 in conference play with one game to play. PSU, 5-9-1 overall and 3-2-1 in conference games, is now in a three-way tie for third place in the LEC with a week to go, with just two of the three teams likely to advance to the playoffs.
Junior keeper Alfonso Rosales (Revere, Mass.) needed to make just two saves for UMB to post his fourth clean sheet of the season.
UMass Boston had a 5-2 advantage in shots in the opening half but managed just one goal as Dasilva potted his 12th goal of the season, which is tied for the LEC lead, with an assist from senior Marcus Pizzetti (Malden, Mass.)
Mattos added an insurance goal for the visitors 15 minutes into the second half with an unassisted strike, his fifth of the season. Neither team was able to add to the scoring tally the rest of the way, with UMB finishing with a 12-6 shot advantage for the game.
PSU sophomore keeper Felix Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) made five saves in the setback.
Both teams return to action Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. with non-conference contests; PSU takes on Middlebury College on Senior Night at the New Hampton School while UMB travels to Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay.
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