Men's Soccer Dominates the Action, But Plays a Scoreless Draw vs. LaSalle
Baltimore- UMBC dominated much of the action, outshooting La Salle, 17-5, but the Retrievers and Explorers battled to a 0-0 double overtime draw in a non-conference contest at Retriever Soccer Park.
UMBC extended its unbeaten streak to three and is now 4-2-3 on the campaign, while La Salle’s record is 5-2-2.
The Retrievers’ best chance in the first 45 minutes occurred in the 16th minute, as senior midfielder Milo Kapor (Toronto, Ont./Emily Carr) took a shot from a sharp right angle that struck the near post and caromed over the end line.
In the second half, junior forward Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) created the best opportunity, breaking down the left side and blasting a 20-yard shot which was stopped by La Salle junior goalkeeper John McCarthy, but he could not control the rebound. Kapor tried to gather the carom 10 yards from the goal, but could not and La Salle cleared the ball out of danger.
There were not shots in the first 18 minutes of overtime, but the Retrievers had two attempts in the final 90 seconds and La Salle junior midfielder Jidell Roach’s long 40-yard effort with three seconds left had to be parried over the bar by UMBC junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) for his lone stop of the night.
The Retrievers attempted 11 corner kicks, while La Salle responded with four. McCarthy was credited with nine saves for the visitors.
Saunders posted his fourth clean sheet of the season and the 11th of his career.
UMBC had scored at least one goal in seven consecutive games since playing Radford to a scoreless draw in the season opener.
The Retrievers open America East play on Sat., Sept. 29 when they welcome Vermont to Retriever Soccer Park for a 7:00 p.m. contest.