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Ho Scores First Career Goal as Men's Soccer Wins at Stony Brook, 1-0
Stephen Ho came in off the bench to score the GWG.
Stony Brook, N.Y.- UMBC sophomore midfielder Stephen Ho (North Potomac, Md./Wootton) scored his first career goal in the 73rd minute and the visiting Retrievers knocked off defending America East champions Stony Brook, 1-0, at La Valle Stadium.
UMBC won its third in a row and improved to 8-4-4 overall and 2-2-1 in league play. Stony Brook slipped to 9-4-1 and 3-2-0 in America East.
Ho, a reserve right-side midfielder used his speed to finish the game’s lone goal. Junior forward Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) drove down the left side and curled a pass deep into the box. The ball hooked away from Stony Brook keeper Stefan Manz and Ho charged in and chipped the ball into the net from four yards out.
The Retrievers maintained possession for a great deal of the remaining time, but Stony Brook did have a corner with 10 seconds remaining, but it went well wide of the goal and the Retrievers mobbed junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) who recorded a three-save shutout.
“We’re very excited; it was a big win over the defending champions,” head coach Pete Caringi said. “Credit the players, they demonstrated great composure and played a solid 90-minute game.”
UMBC had the better of the play over the first 60 minutes and built a 10-2 advantage in shots. Junior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) had the best chance of the first half, but Manz stopped his close-range header in the 29th minute.
The Seawolves nearly struck in the 60th minute, but Saunders saved an initial chance by Raphael Abreu and Kyle Schlesinger’s rebound effort went over the bar.
UMBC outshot the Seawolves, 15-11 and only eight fouls were whistled in 90 minutes.
After four straight losses at La Valle Stadium, UMBC has won the last two and took a 7-6-0 series advantage over SBU.
The Retrievers will play the final two America East games of the season at Retriever Soccer Park, hosting Hartford on Oct. 24 and Binghamton on Oct. 27.