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UMBC MEN’S SOCCER UPENDS NC STATE WITH 2-1 ROAD WIN
The Retrievers capitalized on their first shot of the game in the fifth minute as Mike Pennacchia (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) crossed a ball into the box where teammate Marcus Gross (Barnstaple, England/Park School) headed the ball into the back of the twine to put the Retrievers ahead 1-0.
The assist was Pennacchia’s, who was tabbed America East Co-Player of the Week last week, fifth point in the last two games after scoring two of the Retrievers’ three goals, including the game winner, last Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s.
Before the half expired the Retrievers added what proved to be the gamewinner at the 36:29 mark as Powell Cucchiella (
After falling behind 2-0 at the half, the Wolfpack came out of the lockerroom firing with a 10-3 advantage in shots. NC State would score a goal in the 55th minute, but could not find the eventual equalizer and suffered its first home loss of the season.
Junior Aaron King scored the Pack’s lone goal of the game at the 54:29 mark. After UMBC failed to clear the ball from its own penalty area, King corralled the ball and fired a shot to net his second goal of the season. It was not enough however, as the Retrievers held on for the 2-1 victory.
Andy Marchica (
UMBC returns home to face another highly touted program as Old Dominion and the Retrievers will square off on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. at UMBC Soccer Stadium.
UMBC Defeats NC State, 2-1
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
UMBC................ 2 0 - 2
NC State............ 0 1 - 1
1. 4:28 UMBC Gross, Marcus (2) (Pennacchia, Mike) - Header in box off cross
2. 36:29 UMBC Cucchiella, Powell (2) (Watson, Matt) - Down right side, into corner
3. 54:29 NCSU Aaron King (2) (unassisted) - Misplay in box
Shots: UMBC 7, NC State 11
Saves: UMBC 4 (Marchica, Andy 4), NC State 1 (Jorge Gonzalez 1)