Bench Boosts Men's Soccer By UMass Boston in Double Overtime Thriller

Luke Reid - WPI Men's Soccer 2021

BOSTON -- A throw in from Mason Perham (Hampden, MA) directly to Luke Reid (Kingston, MA) who settled, turned and ripped a shot high and to the left for the game-winning double overtime golden goal to push the WPI men's soccer team past UMass Boston Tuesday night.  

Reid's goal was just his second of the season and Perham's helper was his first point of the year at a clutch moment.  

The Engineers (9-4-3) forced overtime with a late second-half goal, and upended UMass Boston (12-3-1) in what was the final non-conference game of the season for both squads.  

WPI took 20 shots to UMass Boston's 12 in the game, with the majority of those coming in the second half and overtime periods. Eight of those shots came on goal for the Engineers, while the Beacons put seven on target.  

Estevao Gomes (Fogo, Cape Verde) got the scoring going for UMass Boston in the 13th minute of action when he netted his first goal of the season to put the Beacons on top. Gomes corralled in a punch out from Roe Hendrick (Nashua, NH) and dished it back into the net for the opening score. 

WPI evened the score when Mike Biando (Atlanta, GA) ripped a shot to the lower left corner of the goal with some help from Luke Savoie (Mansfield, MA) in the 37th minute of action. Savoie started things off with a laser shot of a free kick that was punched out by the UMass Boston goalkeeper Qasim El-Ashkar (Salem, MA). Biando roped in the rejection and sent it right back into the net for the equalizer.  

UMass Boston took a 2-1 lead before the half in the 43rd minute of action when Nilton de Andrade (Fogo, Cape Verde) netted his 19th goal of the season on a give and go with Vangjel Gjergo (Korçë, Albania). After dancing around a couple defenders, de Andrade netted the go-ahead goal before the end of the first half.  

It took until the 86th minute for another ball to hit the back of the net, when Savoie finally broke past El-Ashkar for the game-tying goal. After some nice passes from the WPI defense, Mike Nason (Cumberland Foreside, ME) sent a long pass through the wind up to Savoie, who was able to draw out the goalkeeper and beat him to the left for the score forcing overtime in the rain.  

Hendrick and Ryan Martin (Douglas, MA) split time in goal during the game. Hendrick played the first half for the Engineers, making 1 save and allowing a pair of goals while Martin closed out the game in the second half and OT periods shutting out the Beacons and making four saves. El-Ashkar played all 104 minutes making five saves and allowing three goal.  

The Engineers will wrap up their regular season on Saturday afternoon at MIT at 1pm.  A WPI victory over nationally-ranked MIT would secure a spot for the Crimson and Gray in next week's NEWMAC Tournament.  UMass Boston will wrap up its regular season also on the road at Castleton Friday night at 7pm.