Men's Soccer Wins America East Contest Again on the Road; Defeats Binghamton, 1-0

Dan Louisignau and the UMBC defense are unscored upon in 318 minutes.
Dan Louisignau and the UMBC defense are unscored upon in 318 minutes.

Vestal, N.Y.- Sophomore forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) scored on a penalty kick in the 41st minute and visiting UMBC held off a desperate Binghamton side to prevail, 1-0, in an America East match at the Bearcats' Sports Complex. 

The Retrievers are now unbeaten in four straight and are off to a 3-0-0 start in America East play for the first time since 2005. The America East defending champions are 6-3-3 overall, while Binghamton falls to 4-8-0, 0-3-0.

UMBC has not allowed an opposition goal in 318 minutes of play. Senior goalkeeper Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del.) made four saves and recorded his sixth shutout of the season.

"To got on the road and play two of the better programs in the America East in a short span and come away with two results is quite an accomplishment," head coach Pete Caringi said. "Binghamton played really well. We feel fortunate to come out with a win.".

The Bearcats controlled play for most of the first half as they tested Louisignau seven times. The most dangerous opportunity occurred in the 28th minute, when the Retriever netminder mishandled a serve, but  Binghamton's Luke Hallberg had his five-yard shot blocked a UMBC defender.

But in the 41st minute, Retriever senior midfielder Andy Streilein (Rockville, Md.) drove into the box and drew foul around the 12-yard line. Caringi took the penalty kick and his low drive went into the right hand corner of the net.

UMBC's was 0-for-2 coming into the game from the penalty spot. The goal was UMBC's first in the initial 45 minutes (2 of 14) since the 1-0 victory over FDU on Sept. 3.  

Binghamton's leading scorer Jake Keegan had a few excellent chances in the second half, but misfired in the 65th and 81st minutes and Louisignau made an excellent save on an Adam Whitehead seven yard attempt with 17:21 remaining.

UMBC is now 3-1-1 in the last five meetings against the Bearcats. Binghamton still leads the all-time series, 6-4-2.

The Retrievers return home Friday night for the Homecoming contest vs. America East rival New Hampshire. The game is a rematch of the 2010 championship game.