Men's Soccer Hosts St. Bonaventure in First-Ever Meeting on Sunday Evening

Men's Soccer Hosts St. Bonaventure in First-Ever Meeting on Sunday Evening

BALTIMORE – The UMBC men's soccer team (1-2-0) plays for the fourth time in ten days when they host the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (0-2-0) in the finale of the UMBC-Navy Classic on Sunday, Sept. 8. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park and Paul Mittermeier will be on the call of the streaming broadcast on the America East digital network.

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Last Time Out: Senior Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) and freshman Ryan Becher (Hummelstown, Pa.) scored in a span of 3:20 early in the second half as the host UMBC Retrievers rallied for a 2-1 victory over St. Peter's in the UMBC/Navy Classic.

UMBC trailed, 1-0, at the half, but Pulliam converted from close range after a deep cross from Alejandro Arbelaez ((Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) in the 57th minute to knot the score at 1-1. Then, Becher converted a scramble in front in the 60th minute for his first collegiate goal and UMBC kept Peacock chances to a minimum in the final 30 minutes.

Pulliam's goal was the tenth of his career and he is UMBC's active leading scorer with 24 points.

A Glance at the Bonnies: St. Bonaventure (0-2-0) opened the season with a 5-1 setback at Florida International. A scheduled game for Sept. 1 at Florida Atlantic was cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian.

Sophomore midfielder Cuneyt Vardar scored his first career goal late in the first half to narrow the Bonnie deficit to 2-1, but FIU scored 56 seconds later and added two goals to record the victory.

Bona did generate plenty of chances on the night with 11 shots including four shots on goal. Cheuk Pan Ngan, Jacob Dyck, Fredrik Hansen and Peter Massaquoi all had two shots.

Trevor Wilson made six saves in the Bonnie net in all 90 minutes of action.

Despite outshooting Navy, 14-8, the Bonnies suffered the misfortune of an own goal in the sixth minute and fell, 1-0 to the Mids on Friday.  

Sophomore Isaac Boamah was named to the 2018 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.

The Bonnies posted a 2018 record of of 7-9-1 overall and 3-5 in the Atlantic 10.

Series Record: This will be the first meeting between UMBC and St. Bonaventure.

Up Next: UMBC has the week off before hosting 2018 NEC Champion LIU on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.