Men's Soccer Drops Double OT Heartbreaker to Cal St.-Fullerton, 4-3

Men's Soccer Drops Double OT Heartbreaker to Cal St.-Fullerton, 4-3

Las Vegas, Nev. - UMBC took leads of 2-0 and 3-1, but could not hold off Cal State Fullerton and fell to the Titans on a goal with 37 seconds to play in the second overtime period by a count of 4-3.


The 11th-ranked Retrievers fell to 3-2-1 on the season, while CSF improved to 1-3-2.


UMBC scored twice in a short span in the first half and took a 2-0 lead to intemission. Senior midfielder Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mount St. Joseph) scored on a rebound of a Kay Banjo (Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo/Towson U.) shot while on the ground from 15 yards out to give UMBC a 1-0 lead in the 24'. It was Caltabiano's third score of the campaign.


Nearly two and a half minutes later, the Retrievers doubled their advantage, as freshman forward Cormac Noel (Stalybridge, Cheshire, England) tallied his second of the season, as he flicked in a direct kick from close range. Senior defender Jordan Becker (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke) drew the assist on Noel's goal.


The Retrievers outshot CSF, 7-2, in the first half, but the Titans reversed the tide in the second half and took 11 shots, including six on goal.


CSF scored in the 63' to trim the deficit to 2-1, but UMBC seemed to regain control as Banjo recorded his third of the year, blasting home a rebound of a Noel shot from 12 yards away in the 66'.


But the Titans tied the score with goals in the 71st and 77th minutes of play, sending the contest to overtime.


UMBC had opportunities in the extra frames, as they attempted four shots. But with time running down in the final minute, CSF took a corner kick and Marc Fenelus would convert from 10 yards out to complete the rally for the Titans.


The four goals allowed in the game and the three in the second half were the most permitted by a Retriever team since conceding the same to Maryland in September of 2011.


Banjo and Noel each posted a goal and an assist for the Retrievers. The multiple-point effort by Noel was the first of his career.


UMBC red-shirt freshman netminder Phil Breno (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll) made a season-high seven saves, as CSF outshot the Retrievers, 19-13.


The Retrievers return to Baltimore and open a two-game homestand with contests versus Loyola (Md.) on Saturday, Sept. 20.