Baltimore, Md.— The UMBC men's soccer team used a pair of first half goals by Patrick Jean-Gilles (Woodbridge, Va./South County) and Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) to move to 5-1-1 on the year and improve their unbeaten streak to four games.
UMBC dominated play in the opening 45 minutes, outshooting the Midshipmen (1-6-0) 10-2. The Retrievers had numerous opportunities early, finally breaking through in the 34th minute. Jean-Gilles stole the ball in the midfield and played a pass down the line to Pulliam. Pulliam laid a beautiful pass through the middle that found Jean-Gilles who places it in the bottom left corner.
Just minutes later in the 38th minute, Pulliam would net his first of the year after he was played a beautiful ball over the top by James Gielen (Edgewater, Md./DeMatha) and calmly put it home to give UMBC a 2-0 lead.
From there the Retrievers would hold the Midshipmen without a shot for a majority of the game. Navy did not get another shot off until the 87th minute, as Aubrey Jones had his attempt blocked in front.
The Retrievers outshot the Midshipmen 17-4, earning seven corner kicks in the match. Freshman goalkeeper Ciaran O'Loughlin (Birkenhead, England) recorded two saves in his third shutout of the year. Pulliam led the way with three shots on Wednesday.
Navy keeper Mac Burke made five saves in the loss.
UMBC returns home on Saturday, September 23 when they host #12 Western Michigan at 7 p.m. The Broncos come to Baltimore after knocking off #22 Michigan, 1-0 on Wednesday.