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Men's Soccer: Retrievers Play to Scoreless Draw with St. Francis (N.Y.) in adidas Kick Off Classic
The Retrievers are now 2-0-1 overall and remain unbeaten through three games for the first time since 2001. The Terriers’ record is even at 1-1-1.
UMBC, which did not record a single shutout in 2006, has not allowed a goal since the 41st minute of the opener at Air Force, a span of 249 scoreless minutes. But the Retrievers failed to mount the same attacking posture that gave them back-to-back wins last weekend. Midfielders Shondell Busby, Levi Houapeu and Kevin Gnatiko had a flurry of chances early in the game, but could not convert and freshman midfielder John Paul Waraksa’s header off a Bryan Moffa corner later in the half just missed the corner of the frame.
The Retrievers picked up their play in the second half, but couldn’t break through in the steamy conditions at UMBC Soccer Stadium. UMBC netminder Steve King made a game-saving diving stop of Sesmo Nikocevic blast with 3:39 remaining in regulation to preserve the tie.
UMBC outshot their guests, 11-10. King made five saves for the Retrievers, while Terrier netminder Chris Antonio had six stops for his side. Ironically, the last 0-0 overtime tie that UMBC played was a game vs. Navy in October of 2005.
Navy will face St. Francis at noon on Sunday, and UMBC concludes play in the classic as they face