Baltimore, Md.— UMBC men's soccer picked up a huge 3-2 victory against the Scarlet Knights on Monday night at Retriever Soccer Park. Sophomore Cesare Marconi (Loano, Italy) netted two goals, including the game winner in the 72nd minute. The Retrievers improve to 2-0 on the year, while the Scarlet Knights fall to 0-2.
How We Got Here:
- Junior Ben Dao (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora/James Madison) had the first good opportunity of the match in the opening minute, but his attempt from the top of the box went just wide.
- Rutgers had most of the run of play in the opening half, outshooting UMBC 5-4.
- The Scarlet Knights got the scoring going with a goal in the 33rd minute, as Brian Hawkins beat Ciaran O'Loughlin (Birkenhead, England) on the right side.
- Marconi tied it early in the second half, blasting a free kick from 25 yards out into the bottom right corner in the 52nd minute.
- Rutgers would answer back just minutes later with a Jordan Hall goal to retake the lead 2-1 in the 57th minute.
- Jackson Becher (Hummelstown, Pa.) nearly tied it just seconds later, but his attempt went just wide.
- The Retrievers would fight back, getting an own goal off a corner kick to tie it at 2-2 in the 67th minute.
- Just minutes later, Marconi struck again, putting home a feed from Becher and Patrick Jean-Gilles (Woodbridge, Va.) in the 72nd minute to take a 3-2 lead.
Facts and Figures:
- A crowd of 2,828 came out to Retriever Soccer Park to see the Retrievers defeat the Scarlet Knights. The attendance was third most in Retriever Soccer Park history, just behind a crowd of 2,873 against Howard and 3,766 against Maryland last year.
- Marconi now leads the team with five points, grabbing an assist against Temple in the season opener.
In the Net:
-O'Loughlin picked up his second win of the year, giving up two goals, making two saves with Rafael Pereira getting the loss to move to 0-2 on the year.
-The Retrievers continue their four-game homestand on Friday, Aug. 31 against College of Charleston. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park. Tickets are available at tickets.umbc.edu.