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MEN'S SOCCER CLINCHES POST-SEASON BERTH WITH 1-0 TRIUMPH OVER BOSTON UNIV.
Junior forward Derek McElligott scored in the sixth minute of play, as the UMBC Retrievers (10-1-5, 5-0-3) clinched a place in the America East Menís Soccer Tournament as they held off Boston University (8-6-3, 3-1-3), 1-0, in a league match-up held at UMBC Soccer Stadium.
The win extended UMBCís unbeaten streak to nine (6-0-3) and snapped BUís unbeaten skein at seven (
McElligott recorded his 15th goal of the season on the gameís first shot. UMBC turned away a Terrier threat, and senior midfielder Mike Joseph carried the ball into BU territory, when he sent a ball over the defense. McElligott ran it down, and curled a 10-yard shot past Terrier netminder Zach Riffett and just inside the near left post.
The America Eastís two most explosive teams were true to form in the second half, combining for 17 shots and several good scoring opportunities. McElligott hit the post on a header with 38 minutes remaining and Riffett was positioned well on several other UMBC opportunities. UMBC netminder Andy Marchica denied BU midfielder Sedrick Chin, deflecting a shot just wide of the goal in the 82nd minute. With to play, Chin found himself on the back post with an open net, but hooked his nine-yard shot wide of the goal.
UMBC recorded its tenth win in a season for the fifth time in six years. Marchica notched his eighth shutout of the season and fourth in the last five games. He made four saves, all in the second half, to earn the shutout, while Riffett made all of his five saves in the final.45 minutes.