Three Second-Half Goals Help #21 Men’s Soccer Storm Past Loyola

Senior Pete Caringi III scored his nation's best ninth goal of the season at Loyola
Senior Pete Caringi III scored his nation's best ninth goal of the season at Loyola

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Baltimore-- The 21st-ranked UMBC men's soccer team broke through with three second-half goals to defeat Loyola 3-1 and extend its unbeaten streak to 16 games in front of 768 rain-soaked fans at the Ridley Athletic Complex Saturday night in a battle of two local unbeaten teams.

Junior midifelder Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mount St. Joseph) led the UMBC (7-0-0) scoring charge, recording a goal and his national-best seventh assist of the season. Senior midfielder Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) also added a goal and an assist, and classmate Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) scored his ninth goal of the season -- another national best-- this season in the win.

After a scoreless first half, UMBC jumped in front just 2:28 into the second half. Dacres received a pass at the midfield from Caltabiano and took the ball into the box on the left, juked a defender and moved to the middle of the box. Dacres took a shot that deflected off of a Loyola (5-1-1) defender and bounced right to Caltabiano, who gathered the ball and buried it into the empty net.

The Retrievers added to their advantage just 7:05 later. Junior back Spencer Williams (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill) raced down the right side and entered the box and sent a cross in front to Caringi that the senior easily headed home for a 2-0 lead.

Loyola answered back in the 62nd minute when Stephen Dooley converted on a penalty kick after a handball in the box on UMBC.The two teams battled at that score until Dacres found the back of the net in the 84th minute.

After a Loyola turnover in the their own end, the Retrievers ended up with a deep throw-in. Caltabiano eventually came up with the ball on the right side and served up a beautiful cross into the box for Dacres. The senior then headed it in for the 3-1 lead.

The first half didn't provided any goals, but it did provide several chances for both teams  UMBC had the most opportunities, though, as in the 12th minute, junior Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh)  took a long shot from about 25 yards out. But Loyola keeper Zach Kane got a hand on it and knocked the ball away.

In the 20th minute, junior Stephen Ho (North Potomac, Md./Wootton) served a perfect cross into the box for Dacres who was all alone, but his header sailed over the crossbar.

Dacres finished with seven of UMBC's 17 shots on the game. Loyola held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks in the first half, but the Retrievers dominated in the second half and finished with a 9-7 advantage in corners and an overall shots advantage of 17-10.

Senior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./ Perry Hall) picked up the win despite not recording a save.

UMBC gets a few days rest before welcoming George Mason to Retriever Soccer Park for Wednesday night game under the lights at 7 p.m.