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Men's Soccer Returns Home to Face La Salle on Saturday
Baltimore--The UMBC men's soccer team returns home on Saturday, Sept. 20 to host La Salle in a non-conference match at UMBC Soccer Stadium. Kick-off time is set for 1:00 p.m. UMBC won the first three meetings vs. La Salle, but the Explorers snapped that streak in the most recent encounter, a 2-0 win in Philadelphia (Drexel) in 2006.
A furious late-game rally fell just short, as the UMBC men’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Towson at the Towson Center Soccer Complex on Wednesday. UMBC saw its three-game unbeaten streak come to an end, and the Retrievers fell to 3-2-1.
Trailing 2-0, UMBC freshman Andrew Bulls came out of a pack to nudge the ball just over the goal line in the 79th minute. It was his team-high third goal of the season.
The Retrievers poured on the pressure in the final five minutes and had several good chances to knot the score. Sophomore midfielder John Paul Waraksa got onto a corner kick by senior captain Dan Bulls and his header from nine yards out went inches wide of the left post. UMBC re-captured the ball after the ensuing goal kick and Dan Bulls was left unmarked on the left side of the box. But he didn’t get all of a 11-yard attempt and goalkeeper John Steele made a routine stop.
UMBC had two corner kicks in the final minute, but got no shots on either attempt. Towson outshot UMBC, 17-12 for the game, as the Retrievers rang up the majority of their shots in the late stages of play. Steve King was credited with two saves, as he robbed Tommy Appel-Schumacher with a leaping save in the 58th minute.
King recorded a season-high seven saves as he saw 21 Drexel shots, but was perfect in the 0-0 double overtime draw in Philadelphia on Saturday. It was King’s second shutout of the season and the 19th of his career. He is third on UMBC’s all-time list in shutouts and just surpassed the 200-save mark (206, seventh on all- time UMBC list) in his career. King saved a Drexel breakaway opportunity with just eight minutes left in regular to preserve the draw.
Andrew Bulls was named America East Conference Men’s Soccer Rookie-of-the-Week on both Sept. 7 and Sept. 14.
His brother, senior co-captain Dan Bulls and sophomore midfielder John Paul Waraksa also have a pair of goals for UMBC.
UMBC is 5-1-4 in its last 10 home contests.
Dan Heavey broke through what was a strong defensive matchup to put the Explorers on the board first at the 12:50 mark in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Columbia. But the Lions answered in the 73rd minute and score the game-winner with just 42 seconds left to record the win. Six different players have accounted for La Salle’s six goals on the season.