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Men's Soccer Opens America East Conference Play at Improved Maine
Orono, Maine--The UMBC men's soccer team (5-2-1) opens America East Conference play against an improved Maine (3-4-1) squad at Alumni Field on Saturday, Oct. 4. The early kick-off time is set for noon.
The Retrievers lead the series, 4-1 and have won four straight vs. the Black Bears. UMBC is 2-2-1 in America East openers, but just 1-2-1 when they open league play on the road. In addition, the Retrievers were 0-3-1 on the road in conference play in 2007 and their last road win in America East play (winless streak of five) occurred in Orono late in the 2006 season.
Freshman forward Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) continued his torrid scoring and sophomore midfielder Dustin Dzwonkowski (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) added a key insurance marker as host UMBC (5-2-1) held off Mount St. Mary’s, 2-1 at UMBC Soccer Stadium on Sept. 23. The Retrievers extended their unbeaten string vs. the Mountaineers to 11 straight, with ten wins and a tie in that span. UMBC is also 7-1-4 in its last 12 home games. Bulls got UMBC on the board in the 15th minute, scoring for the third time in the last three outings. It was Bulls’ fifth goal of the season and he has already matched 2007 team leader Andrew Gillis (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) with five goals on the campaign. Gillis is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
The Retrievers added a score in the 61st minute. Sophomore forward B.J. Quigley (Essex, Md./Archbishop Curley) had a long throw-in deep in Mount territory and senior midfielder Dan Bulls (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) flicked the rebound to his left and Dzwonkowski it in from 16 yards out for his second goal of the season…
UMBC’s last seven games have been decided by a single goal or has gone the distance to a draw… The Retrievers have not outshot a single opponent this season.
The match between 17th-ranked Loyola (