UMass Lowell’s offense was kicked off with Prsa’s opening goal leading to their second America East win (Courtesy of UMass Lowell Athletics)
The UMass Lowell Men’s Soccer team (7-4-2, 2-2-0) defeated Binghamton Bearcats (3-8-2, 2-2-0) the 3-0 to snap their losing skid on Alumni Day. The win marks an important win against an America East opponent. The River Hawks were sporting their pink breast cancer awareness jersey in support on Saturday afternoon at Cushing Field.
The River Hawks had control the majority of the contest, beginning with early pressure on the Bearcats defenders. The River Hawks got their goal within the first five minutes, a play starting with great vision from junior midfielder Dario Jovanovski. He found senior Ivan Abramovic who unselfishly dished out an assist to streaking midfielder Roko Prsa for the finish. That was the junior’s fourth goal of the season to go with his three assists coming into the game.
“I thought the guys came out focused and ready to get that early goal and set the tone, ‘ said head coach Christian Figeuora. “It was something we talked about all week at practice and before the game. Setting the tempo always helps this. Getting those two quick goals midway through the second half really changed things for us.”
The Bearcats looked for an equalizer with various opportunities from right midfielder Noah Luescher and target forward Nikos Psarras. The home team stood strong while blocking shots frustrating the visitors. Sophomore defender Giuseppe Granara and fellow sophomore midfielder Hassan Shariff both were playing stand out defense for the River Hawks. UMass Lowell were leading Binghamton 1-0 at the break while being out five to three but neither goalkeeper with a save.
The River Hawks were strong contenders for a second goal with two opportunities being created by UMass Lowell midfielder Prsa. He gave a through ball for both sophomore forward Mayele Malango and midfielder Javanovski. Both were unable to capitalize with both shots going wide of the net.
UMass Lowell was able to double their lead during the 61st minute of the contest with a goalie turnover. Pressure form Prsa and other forwards enabled Abramovic to rob Bearcats goalkeeper Chris Shutler of possession and score his second goal of the season.
The hosts didn’t have to wait too long for a match deciding third goal when midfielder Javonovski crossed a ball into the box where if bounced off a defender back to him, enabling him to one time it into an open net. Goalkeeper Shutler had already dived.
The hosts were not content with continuous pressure for another with shots from forward Malango and senior midfielder Jannick Baumer to finish off the game. Senior River Hawk goalkeeper Zach Rowell was able to keep a clean sheet throughout the contest, snagging a few saves along the way.
The River Hawks return to action this Saturday 7 p.m. at Cushing Field against America East opponent Albany.