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Men's Soccer to Honor Seven Seniors in Saturday's Homecoming Day Game vs. Boston University
The men's soccer program will honor its seven seniors in pre-game ceremonries before Saturday's 1:00 p.m. Homecoming contest vs. Boston University. Dan Bulls, Shondell Busby, Kevin Gnatiko, Steve King, Jovan Petrovic, L.J. Pijnenburg and Aaron Velky make their final regular season home appearances vs. a Terrier team which is ranked No. 7 in the Northeast region and tied for first place in the America East Conference.
UMBC defender Chris Williams scored the game’s lone goal in the 57th minute as the Retrievers earned a much-needed 1-0 victory over a strong Binghamton team in an America East Conference game played at blustery UMBC Soccer Stadium.
UMBC snapped a five-game winless streak and resurrected their playoff chances, improving to 6-6-2 overall and 1-3-1 in America East play.
UMBC capitalized when freshman forward Andrew Bulls was fouled just outside the penalty area near the right edge of the box. Senior defender L.J. Pijnenburg drove the ball to the far left post, where sophomore midfielder John Paul Waraksa headed it back to the near post. Williams volleyed the ball past Bearcat netminder Jason Stenta and high into the net from six yards out.
The win was UMBC’s first over Binghamton in Baltimore and the Retrievers snapped a four-game slide to the Bearcats.
Binghamton outshot UMBC, 14-9, and each goalkeeper made five saves. For Steve King, it was his fifth shutout of the season and the 22nd of his career, tying the senior with Steve Zerhusen (’79) for second place in school history.
Both of Williams’ career goals are game-winners as he scored the first goal in a 2-0 home win over Albany in 2007. Pijnenburg has four assists in the last three games after not recording a point in his first 36 career games.
The series is tied at 2-2-1, after the Terriers’ 2-1 win in Boston a year ago. UMBC is 1-0-1 vs. the Terriers in two meetings in Baltimore. Kevin Gnatiko scored in the 87th minute last season to bring UMBC to within a goal, but the Terriers hung on for the victory.
Boston University enters today’s game with an unbeaten streak of five on the line. They are also 3-0 on the road in league play. Shaun Taylor, who scored the first goal vs. UMBC last season, leads BU with seven goals and 16 points. Junior Tom Strackhouse gave BU the early lead vs. Vermont at the 26:45 mark, but the Catamounts evened the game in the second half. It was Strackhouse’s fourth goal of the season.