Levi Houapeu knocked in a game winner in the 72nd minute of the America East Quarterfinal match in a 2-1 win over Binghamton.
Just a week removed from a 4-0 loss to the Bearcats in the season finale, UMBC came out and played much better all around. The defense that previously gave up four goals got Chris Williams back into the lineup after behind out for the final four games with a leg injury, and this time they only gave up two shots on goal, one went in and one was saved.
After a deadlocked first half ending at 0-0, freshman midfielder mark Lubetkin scored his first career goal off a pass from Houapeu just 28 seconds into the second period.
But Binghamton struck right back 70 seconds later when Jake Keegan scored his seventh goal of the year when he redirected a shot by Adam Whitebead into the back right corner of the goal, the only shot that would get by the defense and freshman goalkeeper Phil Saunders, who only had to make one save in the game.
In the 65th minute UMBC got a big break, which probably cost Binghamton the match. First-team all-conference defender Liam Carson recieved a red card, putting Binghamton down a man for the final 25 minutes of the game.
Seven minutes after that UMBC took advantage with a goal by Houapeu, who shot a ball headed by a defender into the top corner of the goal. With the goal Houapeu recorded the game winner and became the nations leading scorer with 43 points, surprasing teammate Andrew Bulls who has been the top man since week one.
With the second round now set, UMBC will have three days to get ready for a well rested New Hampshire team coming off a first round by. New Hampshire finished the regular season perfect in conference play (6-0-1) and in their last meeting they outplayed UMBC in every facet of the game in a 2-0 victory, but this is a new team, six games removed, ready to keep their season alive.