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Men's Soccer Falls to Stingy Penn State Side, 1-0
Baltimore- Penn State freshman forward Hasani Sinclair scored in the 71st minute and the visiting Nittany Lions halted UMBC’s five-game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory on rain-soaked turf of UMBC Stadium.
Playing its final non-conference game of the season, UMBC dropped to 7-4-3 on the campaign, while Penn State snapped a three-game slide and improved to 7-6-2.
The game was moved from the grass of Retriever Soccer Park due to more rain which pelted the area all day. Much of the first half was played in steady showers, although it subsided to a mist for the final 45 minutes.
The Retrievers struggled all evening to mount any offense against the stubborn Nittany Lions, who have yielded only nine goals in 15 games. UMBC managed only three shots and PSU freshman netminder Andrew Wolverton did not record a save.
On the other side, UMBC senior goalkeeper Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del.) was outstanding, coming up with eight saves against 16 shots. He kept Penn State off the board in the first half with three stops as he continued his dominance in the first 45 minutes. The Retrievers have only allowed one goal in the first half in 2011.
The visitors continued to apply the pressure in the second half and Louisignau made the save of the night in the 56th minute, denying junior midfielder Julian Cardona on a semi-breakway from 12 yards away.
But Penn State would get the game’s lone goal on their ninth corner kick of the contest. The Retrievers initially cleared John Gallagher’s corner, but junior midfielder Jacob Barron played the ball back into the six-yard area, where Sinclair got past the UMBC backline and headed the ball past Louisignau and into the net.
The goal halted UMBC’s streak at 478 minutes without allowing a goal and was the Lions’ first score in nearly 380 minutes of action.
The Retrievers have rallied for two wins and a draw when conceding the game’s first goal, but a 27-yard blocked attempt by Andrew Bulls (McDonogh) in the 83rd minute was the Retrievers’ lone second half reply.
UMBC played the contest without central defender Daniel Welsh (Fife, Scotland) who sat out after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the Oct. 14 victory over UNH.
The Retrievers will try to improve on a 4-0-0 America East Conference mark when they travel to Hartford for a match on Saturday, Oct. 22.