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Men's Soccer Keeps Up Offensive Pressure; UMBC Defeats Host George Washington, 2-1
Washington, D.C,- UMBC erased an early 1-0 deficit, scored twice in a five-minute span, and finished strong to defeat host George Washington, 2-1, at GW Soccer Field.
The Retrievers improved to 4-2-2 on the campaign, while GW slipped to 3-4-0.
“The last three games were very emotional games and it could have been a letdown today, but to our credit we came out and got the job done and got a much-needed win on the road,” head coach Pete Caringi said.
Senior midfielder Milo Kapor (Toronto, Ont./Emily Carr) and sophomore midfielder Jordan Becker (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke) scored in the 15th and 19th minutes respectively after the Colonials got on the board in the ninth minute.
Kapor now has two goals and eight assists on the season, contributing on all 10 of the Retrievers’ goals through eight games.
The hosts struck first as forward Seth Rudolph redirected a cross from seven yards out just 8:29 into the match.
But UMBC, which dominated the action in the first half, tied the game less than six minutes later. Junior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) was taken down in the box by GW netminder J.P. Van der Merwe. Kapor drilled his second successful penalty kick of the season 14:25 into the contest.
At the 18:44 mark, UMBC had a free kick just outside the left edge of the box. Caringi touched the ball to Kapor, who blasted it on goal. Van der Merwe made the save, but Becker pounced on the rebound and buried it from five yards away.
The Retrievers continued to press the attack in the second half, allowing only one Colonial shot, while taking seven. But the one shot nearly tied the game, as Retriever junior netminder Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) made a leaping save on a header bound for the top corner of the goal with just more than six minutes remaining.
UMBC outshot GW, 18-7, and Saunders earned the win with five saves. Van der Merwe was forced to make 11 saves in the Colonial net.
The Retrievers return home to play another Atlantic 10 school, La Salle on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Notes: Kapor moved into a tie for tenth place on UMBC’s all-time assist list with 18… The Retrievers extended their winning streak to four straight over GW and now have a 7-4-3 lead in the all-time series lead.