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Men's Soccer Edged at Hartford, 2-1
The Retriever men's soccer team dropped its second straight decision, falling 2-1 at Hartford on Wednesday evening. UMBC falls to 3-3-1 in America East Conference play and 8-6-3 overall. Hartford is now in a tie with the Retrievers with 10 points at 2-1-4 in the conference. Stony Brook also has 10 points at 3-3-1 in the conference as all three teams are currently tied for fourth place. The top six teams make the America East Tournament. Hartford took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute, as Oswald Adu knocked in a rebound of a Gary Muir free kick. UMBC netminder Steve King (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) made the initial save, but could not corral the rebound. UMBC equalized the score in the 24th minute as junior midfielder Kevin Gnatiko (Montgomery Village, Md./Watkins Mill) scored his third goal in the last three games. He gathered the ball at the six yard line after a long throw in by B.J. Quigley and calmly fired the shot into the net. But the Hawks got the game-winner in the 63rd minute, as Andreas Blamo received a pass down the right side and shot the ball just under the crossbar. UMBC had two excellent chances in the final ten minutes, but efforts by Gnatiko and Andrew Gillis went just wide of the mark. Hartford outshot UMBC, 9-7, but King only had to make one save in the contest. The Retrievers can assure themselves a spot in the tournament with a victory Saturday over visiting UNH. It will also be Senior Day, so fans are encouraged to arrive a few minutes before the 1:00 p.m. kick-off.