BALTIMORE- Visiting Vermont scored twice in a 73-second span late in the game to stun a dominant UMBC men's soccer team, 2-1, in the America East Conference opener for both teams at Retriever Soccer Park.
The game-winning goal came off the foot of Catamount senior midfielder Joe Losier, who scored on a penalty kick with 5:39 remaining.
The game was scoreless at the half after UMBC outshot Vermont, 8-3, in the opening 45 minutes. The Retrievers' best chance occurred in the 20', when junior forward Pete Caringi (Calvert Hall/Perry Hall, Md.) headed a deep, sharp angle shot goalward, but UVM netminder Conor Leland stopped it just short of the goal line.
UMBC got on the board in the 61st minute. Senior midfielder Milo Kapor (Toronto, Ont./Emily Carr) took a corner kick from the left side, which deflected through traffic and onto the foot of Caringi on the far post. His shot was knocked away by Leland, but the rebound came to senior back Liam Paddock (Worcestershire, England/Chase Technology), who put the ball just under the crossbar and inside the far post from seven yards out.
It was Paddock's second goal of the season.
The Retrievers continued to pressure Vermont, until a Catamount counter gave the visitors their first corner kick of the half with in the 83rd minute. Jonny Bonner's corner was headed out, but he recovered and served the ball back into the box, where freshman midfielder Charlie Defeo was amongst several Catamounts crashing the net and he headed the ball past UMBC junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) with 6:52 to play.
Just over a minute later, Bonner had just entered the right corner of the box and UMBC was assessed a foul as the junior midfielder crashed to the turf. Losier pumped in the penalty kick to Saunders' left to give Vermont the one-goal advantage.
The Retrievers threatened in the closing moments, sending several corners and serves deep into the Vermont goal area, but could not come up with game-tying score.
UMBC had a decided advantage in the statistical battle and spent the majority of the evening in the Vermont half of the field. The Retrievers outshot the Catamounts, 17-6, and attempted 15 corner kicks to six for the visitors, but fell to 3-4-3 in ten America East openers.
Both teams are now 4-3-3 overall and the Catamounts extended their unbeaten streak to six in a row with the victory.
Leland made eight saves for Vermont, while Saunders had a pair for the Retrievers.
UMBC will take a quick break from league play, facing non-conference foe Howard at Retriever Soccer Park on Oct. 2 before visiting UNH on Oct. 6.