Hartford, Ct.–Needing to win both of their remaining games to clinch a first round bye in the America East Conference Tournament, the UMBC soccer team did not come out and play a good game of soccer. On a rainy and windy senior day against the Hartford Hawks, UMBC was out played in every facet of the game and are out of contention for the second seed in the six team tournament.
Hartford got things going early with a goal in the 15th minute when Patrick Boucher took a very sharp shot that his the far right post and bounced in past Saunders.
Twenty-five minutes later the Hawks struck again when Vernon Perinchief blasted in a shot from outside the box off a corner kick.
After being down 2-0 at the half UMBC Pete Caringi made a lineup change to the lineup, switching from the 3-4-3 in hopes to get more offense, but it did not help. UMBC managed just three shots in the game (none on goal) and gave up a third goal in the 72nd minute when Ivan Guarin took a quick shot on a free kick to put Hartford up 3-0 with very little time left.
With the loss UMBC can still host a tournament game but will have to beat Binghamton on the road on Saturday.