In their first road game of the season UMBC showed that they do not need the comfort of home field advantage to win. After arriving late to La Salle after being stuck in traffic, the UMBC soccer team had just the minimum 30 minutes to warm up for a game against one of the top Colonial Athletic Association teams. La Salle went into the game with an average 3-3-1 record, but played seven top ranked teams. They lost three road games to Bucknell, Drexel, and Adelphi but topped Robert Morris, Pittsburgh, and Navy by a margin of 10-0. With the resume La Salle brought into the game, they may have been the toughest test for the Retrievers this season, but UMBC showed they are a very tough team as well as they downed the Explorers, 3-0.
It took UMBC just 21 minutes to get a ball past La Salle’s Kyle Quigley and the goal was scored by none other than the nation’s leading scorer, Andrew Bulls. Not only did Bulls score one goal against the Explorers, but just seven minutes later he knocked a second ball into the goal for his 12th goal of the season. He is the nations leading scorer and has scored in eight of the nine games UMBC has played this season.
Andrew Bulls leads the nation in points with 33 from 12 goals and seven assists.
With just under 90 seconds left in the game freshman Matt Knight recorded his third of of the season when he knocked in a shot from 35 yards out into an open net.
UMBC is currently the highest scoring team in the nation with 27.
As good as the offense was in the game, once again the hero was Phil Saunders. La Salle kept the ball in UMBC territory for the first 20 minutes of the second half and recorded five of their 10 shots, but Saunders was once again up for the occasion. He recorded six saves in the game and recorded his fourth straight shutout, and fifth of the season.
Phil Saunders recorded six saves.
With the win the Retrievers are guaranteed to have a winning season. They have nine wins and just eight games left. But more importantly the team has a nine game win streak, and four game shutout streak, headed into conference play, when the games really matter. The win also marked the teams first road win in their last 11 games, which extends back to 2007.