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UMBC’s historic soccer season ends in penalty kick heartbreak

Posted on 24 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – One of the greatest seasons in UMBC’s NCAA Division I history came to a difficult end in frigid, blustery conditions at Retriever Soccer Park on Sunday evening. The fifth-ranked men’s soccer team battled traditional national power and tenth-ranked UConn to a 2-2 double overtime draw, but the Huskies advanced to the NCAA Third Round by prevailing, 4-2, in penalty kick shootout.

Pete Caringi Jr.’s squad became the first in school history to host and compete in an NCAA Division I Tournament game. The team finished the campaign with a 16-1-3 record, while the Huskies advance to the round of 16 with a record of 12-2-7.

UMBC came back from one-goal deficits on two occasions in the second half to send the contest to extra time.

After a scoreless first half, the Huskies got on the board just 69 seconds into the second half as forward Cyle Larin converted a centering feed from Mamadou Doudou Diouf midway into the box.

But UMBC would respond in the 62nd minute. After Huskie netminder Andre Blake was assessed a yellow card, the Retrievers were awarded an indirect kick just outside the box. Junior Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) touched it to classmate Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mount St. Joseph) and UMBC’s assist leader curled his effort just inside the near left post to even the score.

Diouf would figure in the go-ahead goal for UConn, as he skimmed in a header off a Adria Beso corner kick in the 74th minute.

Once again, however, the hosts were not to be denied.  In the 77 th minute, the Retrievers earned a corner and Kansaye’s ball toward the back post was headed in by senior forwardPete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall). It was Caringi’s 13th score of the season and the 37th of his storied career.

The Huskies threatened late, but UMCB senior netminder Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall0 made a leaping save of a Nicholas Zuniga header with three minutes remaining.

UMBC senior midfielder Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) had the best chance in overtime just 90 seconds into the first ten-minute frame. He cracked a 22-yarder toward the upper right corner, but Blake leaped and got a glove on it to deflect it wide.

The Retrievers proceeded to their fourth consecutive penalty kick shootout in NCAA Championship play, dating back to 2010. Saunders made a save on Juho Karppinnen in round two and the Retrievers led, 2-1 after two rounds. But UConn converted their final three efforts, while Blake made stops on Dacres and Caringi to close the 2013 chapter for the Retrievers.

UConn outshot UMBC, 15-12, and Saunders tied a season-high with seven saves. The Retrievers earned 10 corners to seven for the visitors, as each team capitalized on a corner apiece.

Notes: UMBC finishes the season with a ten-game unbeaten streak… The Retrievers 1-0-4 in their last five NCAA Championship contests and 1-1-4 overall… Five of six have gone to overtime… The game marked the final appearance for Caringi, Dacres, Saunders and backTravis Dennis (Bowie, Md./Roosevelt), who all saw action in the game… Caringi finishes his career with 37 goals (fourth on the all-time list) and 91 points (fifth all-time)… Saunders final record is 44-13-10, a winning percentage of 73.1.

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UMBC tops ODU, advances to face UNC in NCAA Soccer Tournament

Posted on 15 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Norfolk, Va.- The UMBC men’s soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA College Cup as the Retrievers played Old Dominion to a 0-0 double overtime draw, but advanced, 4-2, in penalty kicks.

UMBC is now 11-4-6, while Old Dominion’s season comes to an end at 11-3-3.

UMBC junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) played the starring role for the second consecutive game, stopping a pair of penalty kicks.

After senior Milo Kapor (Toronto, Ont./Emily Carr) converted the first kick, Saunders saved ODU goalkeeper Victor Fracoz’ attempt.  UMBC’s Mamadou Kansaye’s (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) and Monarchs’ forward Chris Harmon matched successful kicks,  but UMBC senior back Liam Paddock’s (Worcestershire, England) attempt was saved by Francoz.

But on ODU’s tying attempt, Saunders again dove to his right and stopped the effort of Jordan LeBlanc. Both UMBC’s Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y.) and ODU’s Ivan Militar converted, setting up Retriever senior Dave Vaeth (Dundalk, Md./Patapsco) for the game-winning opportunity. Vaeth buried his attempt into the upper left corner of the goal, setting off a wild celebration by the visitors.

UMBC will advance to the second round for the second time in three years and will compete at defending national champion North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

UMBC junior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) was unable to start and played only the final 26 seconds of regulation and final 20 seconds of overtime after a free kick opportunities. Caringi suffered an ankle injury early in the America East championship game vs. UNH and did not return.

The first half was evenly-played, as both teams managed only three shots each. The Monarchs’ best opportunity was their first, as Gideon Asante hit a shot wide right from eight yards out in the 18th minute. UMBC’s best chance came late in the half, as Dacres hit a rising shot from 17 yards out on the left wing which went over just the crossbar.

In the second half, Kansaye’s 50-yard free kick had to be parried over bar, giving UMBC its first corner of the match in 58’ The Retrievers attempted four corners in the second stanza, but the best chance, an Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) header in the 59th minute went wide of the near post.

Old Dominion outshot UMBC, 10-6. Saunders and Francoz both made three saves in 110 minutes of play. Saunders recorded his fourth consecutive shuout.

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UMBC wins America East in PK’s, advances to NCAA Soccer Tournament

Posted on 11 November 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- For the second time in three years, the UMBC men’s soccer team has won the America East title and will represent the conference in the NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup. The second-seeded Retrievers and fifth-seeded New Hampshire Wildcats played to a 0-0 double overtime draw, but UMBC advanced to the championships by prevailing, 4-2, in penalty kicks.

UMBC (11-4-5) junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) was named the championship’s  Most Outstanding Player. Saunders made five saves, including a point-blank stop in the second overtime period, and stopped a pair of UNH (7-7-6) attempts in the penalty kick shootout. He also blanked Stony Brook, 1-0, in the semifinals.

The Retrievers will compete in their third Division I NCAA Championship, with previous appearances in 1999 and 2010. The team will learn its first-round opponent on Monday afternoon when the brackets are announced.

“The last two days, we told them we would find a way to win knowing they (UNH) was a great defensive team and if it comes down to penalty kicks, whatever it takes, we are going to do it, and that’s exactly what we did,” head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. said.

The partisan UMBC crowd of 1,016 was shocked early on as the America East Striker of the Year, junior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) went down and had to be helped off the field in the fourth minute of play. Caringi, who led America East with 14 goals on the season, did not return to the lineup.

However, the Retrievers did control much of the play in the first 45 minutes. The best scoring chance came in the 13thminute, when junior forward Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) tested UNH sophomore netminder Travis Worra with a 19-yard shot toward the far post, but Worra made a diving save to keep the game scoreless.

Saunders, who was not tested in the first half, made a pair of saves on UNH midfielder Robert Palumbo in the 50thminute, stopping an initial drive from 16 yards out and then rejected a rebound opportunity from seven yards away.

UMBC countered with good chances in the 68thand 70th minutes, but freshman midfielder Michael Burgos (Huntingtown, Md./The Calverton School) was wide with a header, and sophomore midfielder Stephen Ho (North Potomac, Md./Wootton) missed on the short side after a cross from Dacres.

The game headed to overtime, and although UMBC outshot UNH, 6-2, over that 20-minute span, the Wildcats had two outstanding opportunities. In the 95’, reserve midfielder David Schlatter hit the underside of the crossbar as he found himself unguarded on the right side from 12 yards out.

With less than four minutes to play in the second extra period, Schlatter got inside of the Retriever defense and drilled a seven-yard shot, but Saunders aggressively challenged and turned the attempt away.

Just as it did in 2010, the game went to penalty kicks and the results were similar. UMBC senior Milo Kapor (Toronto, Ont./Emily Carr) converted, as did UNH senior back Jordan Thomas, and Retriever sophomore midfielder Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) gave UMBC a 2-1 advantage. UNH freshman Lukas Goerigk tried to beat Saunders to the goalie’s right, but the Retreiver netminder made the save on the hard shot along the turf.

UMBC senior fullback Liam Paddock (Worcesteshire, England/Chase Technology) and Palumbo matched scores, and the Retrievers led, 3-2, after three rounds. Dacres drilled his attempt into the upper left corner, but Saunders ended the proceedings by stopping Ryan McNabb’s effort with a similar diving save to his right.

The Retrievers won the 2010 shootout, 5-4 and went on to defeat No. 10 Princeton, 2-1, in the first round, before falling in penalty kicks at William & Mary.

“Tonight in general says a lot about UMBC Soccer- the crowd, the atmosphere, the enthusiasm for our program.,” Caringi said. “This is a culmination of a lot of work. This is a win for UMBC in general. I am really proud of the school and how everyone responded.”

In addition to Saunders, Dacres, Paddock and senior midfielder Dave Vaeth (Dundalk, Md./Patapsco) earned All-Tournament Team honors.

UMBC outshot UNH, 21-10, overall and earned 11 corners to five for the Wildcats. Worra collected seven saves in the contest.

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