Kalamazoo, Mich.— A pair of late goals by the Broncos propelled them past the Retrievers on Saturday afternoon. UMBC was led by sophomore Cesare Marconi (Loano, Italy) who had five of the nine Retriever shots on the day.
How We Got Here:
- Cesare Marconi had the first chance of the game for either team, but his attempt went wide of the net.
- The Broncos had a flurry of chances midway through the first half, but Ciaran O'Loughlin (Birkenhead, England) was up to the challenge, making three saves in the opening half.
- The Retrievers had chances, but all six of their first half shots missed the target.
- Western Michigan outshot the Retrievers 7-6 in the first 45 minutes, earning seven corner kicks to the Retrievers three.
- Marconi got the first Retriever shot on goal in the 47th minute, but his shot was saved by Lukas Von Lienen.
- After a Retriever penalty in the box, Kosti Moni had a penalty kick attempt, but his shot was saved by O'Loughlin to keep it scoreless early in the second half.
- Neither side had much going in the earl going of the second half.
- The Broncos finally broke through in the 79th minute as Zack Shane put home a rebound in the box to give Western Michigan a 1-0 lead.
- They would strike again just four minutes later, with Tommy Clark beating O'Loughlin to add insurance in a 2-0 win.
By The Numbers:
- Western Michigan outshot UMBC 13-9, with the Retrievers getting only one shot on net.
- The Broncos earned 12 corners, holding the Retrievers to eight.
- Marconi led all players with five shots in the contest.
- Ciaran O'Loughlin picked up his second loss of the year, making four saves and giving up two goals with one save coming on a penalty kick.
- Lukas Von Lienen earned the win making a stop on the only shot he saw on net.
- The Retrievers will return home to host Howard on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Kickoff with the Bison is set for 7 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park. Tickets are available at tickets.umbc.edu.