UMBC Beats Local Rival Towson 1-0

September 16, 2009 |

The sign of a good team is winning when they are not at their best.  UMBC certainly proved they are a good team today.  With most of the team suffering from the flu, it definitely showed.  Towson had possession much more than UMBC, and they were much more aggressive.  UMBC managed just seven shots, four of which were on goal.  The fact that UMBC was not at their best but still beat a quality CAA team speaks volumes to the talent that they have.

Andrew Bulls continued his scoring streak with the lone goal of the game in the 39th minute after converting a free kick from 23 yards out, knocking it to the lower right corner of the goal, but this time it was the defense that won the game for UMBC.  The Retrievers have had plenty ofoffense this season, which bailed out their defense that was not playing at their best.

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Junior center back Chris Williams lead the UMBC defense in a shutout of Towson

It was only a matter of time before the UMBC offense hit a bump, scoring three goals a game is very rare at the collegiate level of soccer.  The worry always was though, could the defense pick it up if they offense could not get going.  The defense answered all questions with their performance today.  They held Towson to just five shots on goal, all of which were saved by freshman goal keeper Phil Saunders.

Now with their first 6-0 record in 10 years UMBC finally proved they are very legitimate.  Even thought they were not at their best they did enough to get by with a win, and that is what counts.