MEZZADRA'S GAME-TYING GOAL GIVES UMBC 2-2 DRAW WITH DAVIDSON

Baltimore, MD - UMBC (1-2-1) junior midfielder Kevin Mezzadra scored his second goal of the game with 3:44 remaining to lift the Retrievers to a 2-2 overtime tie with Davidson (3-0-1) and a tournament title in the Coca-Cola/adidas Kick Off Classic.

 

Both the Retrievers and Wildcats were 1-0-1 in the tournament, but UMBC had a +4 goal differential, compared to +1 for Davidson. Navy (3-1-0) took third place with a 2-0 win over Rider (0-3-1) in today's opener.

 

The Retrievers played the final 85 minutes down a man as senior midfielder Powell Cucchiella was given a red card at the 25:31 mark. But 48 seconds later, Mezzadra ran on to a pass by Matt Watson and send a rocket into the goal from 30 yards out.

 

Playing with a man advantage, Davidson knotted the score at 1-all on a goal by Matt Allen at the 58:25 mark. Allen, who scored the game-winner in overtime vs. Navy on Friday, rifled in a shot from 5 yards away after a Davidson cross hit the post and could not be cleared by UMBC. The Wildcats got the go-ahead goal at 77:37, when Cass Baltz volleyed a shot in from 12 yards away off a Retriever clear.

 

UMBC threatened late, as Mezzadra hit the post from close range in the 86th minute. But moments later, freshman midfielder Dan Bulls fed Mezzadra at the 16-yard line, and the UMBC midfielder beat Davidson netminder Ben Ashton with a shot inside the far right post.

 

UMBC had the better chances in overtime, as junior forward David Feazell missed just wide right from 12 yards away in the 97th minute, and junior midfielder Bobby Woods grazed the post in the 105th minute.

 

With the draw, the Retrievers extended their home unbeaten streak to 22 (15-0-7) games. They won their fifth Kick Off Classic in nine tournaments.