It’s not often you see a freshman goal keeper play, but UMBC goalie Phil Saunders is making an impact at goal in his first season as a Retriever. In just eight games this season he has recorded 29 saves and allowed just four goals (87.8%)
But tonight Saunders recorded his fourth shutout of the season and his third straight in his best game yet. In the final two minutes it looked as though Loyola was going to tie the game up with a goal but Saunders saved three goals, all of which were shot from inside five yards, to keep the shutout.
Freshman goal keeper recorded six saves against Loyola for his third straight shutout.
While Loyola was outplaying UMBC for the majority of the game, Saunders and his fellow defenders stepped it up big to limit Loyola’s chances as much as they could. Loyola took 11 shots, and just six were on goal, all of which were saved.
As the defense kept Loyola at bey UMBC finally got it’s chance to score in the 44th minute when Andrew Bulls set up for a free kick from 24 yards out. All season Bulls has been spectacular for UMBC on free kicks by finding a way to position himself to prevent the goalkeeper from seeing him, and shooting his the keeper was out of position, and this goal was no different. Bulls set up on the left side of the field and knocked it into the lower right corner of the goal to put UMBC up 1-0, which stayed for the final score. Immediately after he scored the entire team ran over to the UMBC student section filled with 1,500 fans wearing a black shirts to celebrate, pumping the crowd up even more.
Andrew Bulls recorded his 10th goal of the season with a converted free kick in the 44th minute.
The win marked two things: their first even division I 8-0 start, and their first home win over Loyola. Loyola leads the series 18-2-2 but UMBC proved to be the better team tonight.