Annapolis, MD--UMBC outshot Georgia Southern, 18-6, but three Eagle shots found the back of the net and the Retrievers were blanked, 3-0, in the opening game for both teams at Anders Soccer Classic at the U.S. Naval Academy.
GSU took advantage of a UMBC misplay in its own box, and forward Justin Elie converted from 12 yards out to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead at the 13:38 mark. Just ten minutes later, Georgia Southern forward Lawrence Smith headed in a Brad Mitchum corner kick from the right in front of the goal. UMBC picked up their play in the latter stages of the first half, but were denied on their best oppotunity when Kevin Mezzadra's direct kick hit the crossbar in the 45th minute of play.
The Retrievers dominated in the early stages of the second, but could not capatalize on some good chances, as 9 of UMBC's first 10 shots were not on goal. Smith scored an insurance marker for GSU on a counter-attack in the 65th minute and sent UMBC to just its second season-opening loss in the last 16 years.
Andy Marchica made 3 saves in the nets for UMBC. The Retrievers return to action on Sunday, when they take on Niagara at 1:30 p.m.