Annapolis, Md.— UMBC men's soccer picked up a convincing 2-0 win against the Midshipmen on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Cesare Marconi (Loano, Italy) and junior Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) each scored a goal and added an assist in the victory.
How We Got Here:
- Navy had the first good opportunity, but freshman Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) made his first collegiate save to keep the match scoreless.
- After the Midshipmen hit the crossbar on a shot, UMBC finally broke through with a goal in the 16th minute.
- Pulliam headed home his second of the year off a cross from Cesare Marconi to put UMBC in front 1-0.
- Navy had a couple of back-to-back chances late in the half, but the UMBC defense stood tall, keeping UMBC in front 1-0 at the break.
- The Retrievers outshot the Midshipmen 6-5 in the opening 45 minutes, putting their only shot on goal in the back of the net.
- UMBC came out firing with James Gielen (Edgewater, Md./DeMatha) and Marconi putting shots over the bar in the opening three minutes.
- Marconi padded the lead with his third goal of the year in the 50th minute.
- The sophomore transfer volleyed home a cross from Pulliam to give UMBC a 2-0 lead.
- From there, the Retriever defense kept Navy at bay, picking up their fourth win of the year.
By The Numbers:
- UMBC picked up their fourth win of the year, and their third shutout of the year.
- The Retrievers outshot the Midshipmen 12-9, holding Navy to just one shot on goal.
- UMBC moves to 4-1 on the year while Navy falls to 1-4-1.
- Quantrell Jones picked up his first collegiate win in his first start for the Retrievers needing just one save on Saturday.
- Marconi leads the team with nine points on three goals and three assists. He has had a point in all but one game this year.
- Pulliam now has two goals in 2018. He scored two all of last year, and now has eight in his career.
-UMBC will have the week off before heading to Kalamazoo to take on Western Michigan on Saturday, September 15. Kickoff with the Broncos is set for 12 p.m.