WELLS' EARLY OT GOAL LEADS MSOCCER PAST QUINNIPIAC

Senior defender Andy Wells celebrated his 22nd birthday in style, getting the game-winning goal just 1:40 into overtime as UMBC (6-2-1, 3-1) nipped Quinnpiac (4-3, 1-1), 2-1, in a Northeast Conference contest.

The Retrievers controlled play throughout the game, but Braves' Everson Maciel tied the score at 1-1 with 7:49 remaining in regulation. After UMBC's James Hamilton was called for a handball, Maciel hit a perfect direct kick from 24 yards away into the upper right corner of the net. But UMBC came out strong in overtime and converted on a free kick of their own. Hamilton's precise serve found a streaking Wells, who headed it home past Quinnipiac netminder James Ryan.

Retriever junior midfielder Alex Wilmot had given UMBC a 1-0 lead At the 23:38 mark. Quinnipiac failed to clear a UMBC corner kick, and Wilmot's shot from 17 yards away found its way through several players and beyond the reach of Ryan.

UMBC outshot Quinnipiac, 21-8 and had 12 corners compared to 2 for the visitors. Ryan made six saves for the Braves, while Brian Rowland had five for the Retrievers. It was career goal number 14 for Wells, UMBC's three-time First Team All NEC sweeper.

The Retrievers improved to 16-2 at home vs. NEC Competition in three-plus seasons of soccer.