Bailey Powers Men’s Soccer Past UMass Lowell, 3-1 on Saturday

Photo: Zach Seidel
Photo: Zach Seidel

Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC men's soccer picked up their first win in conference play, and fifth overall in a 3-1 win on Saturday night against the River Hawks. Sophomore Matt Bailey (Stevensville, Md./Saints Peter and Paul) scored twice to lead UMBC to the victory. The goals were the first of his collegiate career.

How We Got Here:

  • UMBC had the first shot of the game, as James Gielen (Edgewater, Md./DeMatha) ripped a shot from just outside the box, but his attempt sailed high.

  • The River Hawks had the best chance of the first half, as Jakov Basic hit the post on his attempt in the 36th minute.

  • UMass Lowell led the Retrievers in shots, 4-3 in the first 45 minutes, as both teams played well defensively to close the first half tied 0-0.

  • UMBC wasted no time in the second half, earning a corner kick just two minutes into the half.

  • Kyle Saunderson (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) got the scoring started with a header off a Colin Weyant (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) corner kick to give UMBC a 1-0 lead.

  • Ivan Abramovic had a good chance just minutes later, but starting keeper Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) made a point-blank save and the rebound went wide to keep UMBC in front.

  • The River Hawks would threaten again in the 59th minute, but the shot by Jannick Baumer clanged off the crossbar.

  • Bailey added to the Retriever tally, taking a ball in the midfield and slotting it past River Hawk keeper Patrik Gujic in the 64th minute.

  • Bailey added the insurance just two minutes later, heading home a Jon Bell (Silver Spring, Md./Richard Montgomery) free kick to give UMBC a 3-0 lead.

  • UMass Lowell scored a goal in the 88th minute, but it would be too little too late as UMBC held on for a 3-1 win.

By The Numbers:

  • UMass Lowell outshot the Retrievers 14-10 and had an advantage in corner kicks, 6-4.

  • There were 35 combined fouls, and eight total cards given out in the match.

  • UMBC is now 5-0-1 when scoring a goal and move to 4-2-1 in matches played at Retriever Soccer Park.

  • The two goals by Bailey were the first two scored in his college career.

In Net:

  • Jones picked up his second win of the year, giving up just one goal and making four saves in the win.

  • Gujic gave up three goals, making just one save on the night.

Caringi Quotables:

  • "We played a great game against a great team tonight. They have been one of the better teams in the country all year, and we played well and disciplined all night."
  • "Matt (Bailey) played in a different position and it fit like a glove. He can score goals and tonight generated instant offense for us."

Up Next:

  • The Retrievers will step out of conference for a Tuesday night match against Penn at 7 p.m. The match will be live streamed on ESPN+, NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus and NBC Sports Washington.