BALTIMORE – UMBC ran its unbeaten streak to 13 in season-openers, as the Retriever men's soccer squad blanked Temple, 1-0, in pristine conditions at Retriever Soccer Park.
The game marked the debut of Temple head coach Brian Rowland (UMBC, '03), who was a standout goalkeeper for UMBC head coach Pete Caringi, Jr., from 1999-2002. Rowland is member of the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame.
UMBC sophomore netminder Ciaran O'Loughlin (Birkenhead, England) made a pair of saves to produce his fifth career shutout.
O'Loughlin's best save of the game occurred in the 14', as he thrwarted Temple's Herman Doerner, who had broken in alone, but O'Loughlin charged out and snuffed the attempt from 14 yards out.
Three minutes later, UMBC had its best chance of the half, but junior back Trey Vinson's (Manassas, Va.) header from 13 yards out was nudged aside by 6'9" Owl netminder Simon Lefebvre.
The second half featured many stops and starts with 21 total fouls and numerous throw-ins.
UMBC would score on its lone corner kick of the half, after attempting four in the first 45 minutes. From the left corner, Marconi drove the ball towards the near post, where an onrushing Becher perfectly timed his run and blistered a header past Lefebvre from five yards out.
The Owls would not mount a serious threat in the final 11 minutes of action.
Caringi improved to 23-2-3 as a head coach in 28 season openers.
The Retrievers posted a narrow 7-6 edge in shots over 90 minutes. The Retrievers used 17 players, while Temple countered with 18.
UMBC improved to 3-0 all-time versus Temple and the Owls have yet to register a goal in the three contests. The teams last met in 2007, a 2-0 UMBC victory, while Rowland back-stopped a 4-0 Retriever triumph in his senior season of 2002.
UMBC continues its season-opening four-game homestand when they welcome Rutgers to Retriever Soccer Park on Monday evening.