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Young UMBC Men's Soccer Team Upends Virginia Tech, 3-1, Before Big Opening Day Crowd
UMBC won its fourth straight season debut and improved to 17-2-0 in lid-lifters under Head Coach Pete Caringi.
“It was a great day, a great crowd and our guys came out excited to play.” Caringi said. “Any time you beat a program like Virginia Tech on opening day, you have to say it was a successful start. The fact we played a lot of young players made it even more satisfying.”
The Retrievers started four freshmen and were in attack mode from the start, taking the first six shots of the game and holding the Hokies without an attempt until the 31st minute. By that time, UMBC had struck twice, as junior midfielder Sean Rothe (
Two seconds shy of ten minutes later, Bulls picked up where he left off as a freshman, scoring his ninth career goal. Freshman Milo Kapor (
UMBC held the 2-0 lead at intermission and extended it to 3-0 at the 52:18 mark. Sophomore midfielder Andy Streilein (
Freshman Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) earned the start in goal for UMBC and performed well, making three saves and punching several crosses away from danger. His mates could not get him the shutout, as Virginia Tech midfielder James Gilson stole a pass at the 25-yard line, deked a UMBC defender and scored into the far right corner from 13 yards out.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak to the Hokies and was UMBC’s first-ever victory over Virginia Tech on home turf. Tech, which won last year’s game, 2-1 in overtime in
Bulls, named America East Player of the Game, has a goal in each of UMBC’s matches with Virginia Tech. He led all players with five shots in the contest.
The Retrievers outshot the Hokies, 11-7. Dunn posted four saves for the visitors.
UMBC will compete in Navy’s Anders Classic this weekend, opening play vs.