Just a few weeks ago in Catonsville the UMBC men’s soccer team got punded by New Hampshire in a 2-0 loss where they got beat in every part of the game but this time when the game counted UMBC got the win to advance in the America East Conference Finals, getting gone game away from an NCAA tournament berth.
During the first 17 games of the season freshman Mark Lubetkin did not score a goal, but in both games this tournament he has scored the opening goal. This time it took just 8:52 to get the ball in the back of the net. The goal came off a Levi Houapeu pass, which he shot from 30 yards out to the lower right corner of the goal.
Thirty-two minutes later UMBC got on the board again, this time it was another freshman, Milo Kapor, who scored his second career goal for UMBC. This time Andrew Bulls recorded his 11th assist of the season when Kapor shot a ball into the top left corner of the goal off an Andrew Bulls corner kick..
With the 2-0 lead at the half, the game was going much differently than the last meeting. The Retrievers allowed just five shots on goal, one of which was scored by first-team all-conference striker Chris Banksjust 11 minutes into the second half, while the other four were saves by freshman goalkeeper Phil Saunders.
But that would be all the Retrievers would allow as they defeated the top seeded New Hampshire Wildcats 2-1 to advance to the America East Conference finals to face the winner of Hartford @ Stony Brook at 7:00 on Wednesday.