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Men's Soccer Opens Final 2008 Homestand With Wednesday Matinee vs. Binghamton
The Retriever men's soccer team will try to reclaim its home turf with a pair of America East games this week. UMBC opens play vs. nemesis Binghamton on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at UMBC Soccer Stadium. Opening kick-off is set for 3:30 p.m. The Bearcats posted a pair of 1-0 victories over UMBC last season and are 2-0-1 in three previous games in Baltimore.
The UMBC men’s soccer team broke out of its scoring slump in a big way, but allowed the most goals in a game in a decade as the Retrievers fell at conference rival Albany, 5-4…the Retrievers’ winless streak reached five and its road winless streak was extended to nine...the five goals allowed by the Retrievers is the most since Maryland defeated the Retrievers, 6-1 in 1998 and the nine goals combined by both teams is the most since UMBC overwhelmed NJIT, 10-0 in 2004…a Retriever Division I team (1986) had never scored four goals and lost a game prior to Saturday’s result.
UMBC had leads of 1-0, 2-1 and built a 4-2 halftime advantage before they succumbed in the second half… the Retrievers have been outscored 8-1 after halftime in its winless streak… Senior midfielder Shondell Busby and sophomore forward B.J. Quigley each scored their first goals of the season to stake UMBC to 1-0 and 2-1 advantages… freshman forward Andrew Bulls scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season and sophomore midfielder John Paul Waraksa posted his third within a two-minute span late in the first half to give UMBC a 4-2 lead after 45 minutes.
Bulls gave UMBC a 1-0 lead in the 66th minute at Virginia Tech, but UMBC could not hold off the Hokies and fell 2-1 in overtime… senior goalkeeper Steve King stopped a penalty kick, but the Hokies converted the rebound to tie the game in the 77th minute, before the hosts won less than two minutes into overtime… UMBC recorded a season-high 22 shots vs. Virginia Tech and outshot an opponent (22-20) for the first time this season… King made a career high 12 saves and moved into fifth place on UMBC’s all-time list.
Binghamton leads the series, 5-1-1 and are unbeaten (2-0-1) in three games at UMBC. The Bearcats have a four-game winning streak ove the Retrievers, including a pair of 1-0 decisions in Vestal, N.Y. last year. UMBC’s lone win occurred at Binghamton in 2006 (1-0, overtime).
Binghamton has allowed a league-low eight goals this season... they are led by ‘07 Striker of the Year Cameron Keith, who has five goals and 11 total points.