BALTIMORE – UMBC and Navy played a spirited mid-week non-conference clash and the visiting Midshipmen came up with a 1-0 victory before 1,225 fans at Retriever Soccer Park.
The Retrievers fell to 7-4-3 overall, while Navy improved to 7-5-1 on the campaign.
The game's lone goal occurred in the 14th minute of play, when Navy senior forward Jamie Dubyoski netted his second goal of the season. UMBC committed a foul seven yards outside the box on the left side. Navy's Aubrey Jones sent the ball in and it was knocked away by a Retriever defender. But Dubyoski quickly settled the bounding clear and struck it from 11 yards out just inside the far right post.
Navy controlled the play in the first half, outshooting UMBC, 8-4 and forcing UMBC netminder Billy Heaver (Landisville, Pa.) to come up with five saves.
The Retrievers picked up their play in the middle stages of the second half and threatened often in the last 15 minutes. Senior back Malcolm Harris (Damascus, Md./McDonogh) recorded UMBC's first shot in goal with 11:20 left, but his effort from distance was saved by Jackson Morgan.
UMBC knocked at the door with 5:30 remaining, but Navy cleared away a scramble in front. The ball came out to freshman Patrick Jean Gilles (Woodbridge, Va.), but his blast from just outside the box was blocked by a Midshipmen defender.
With the clock winding down inside 20 seconds, UMBC served the ball deep into the box and had players around the ball, but could not get a clean shot away and Navy would clear the ball and take the victory.
Navy outshot UMBC, 11-9, and Heavner made six saves, giving him 25 stops in his last four outings.
Even with the loss, UMBC is 30-4-6 in its last 40 contests at Retriever Soccer Park.
UMBC gets back to America East play on Saturday, when they travel to Binghamton for a 1:00 p.m. contest versus the Bearcats. Binghamton is one of three teams tied for the top spot in the conference at 2-1-1, while UMBC is just two points back at 1-1-2.