UMBC Soccer Drops Conference Championship to Stony Brook, 2-0

November 16, 2009 |

It was a game that nobody expected to happen. UMBC was picked to finish last in the eight team while Stony Brook was picked second. They are the two youngest teams in the conference with a combined 21 freshman, 13 of which started the game.

During the season UMBC got the best of Stony Brook with a 2-0 victory, but after that Stony Brook went 5-0-1 to get to the conference finals, while UMBC struggled but played very well in the tournament to get there.

While UMBC outplayed Stony Brook in the first half, they missed on some great chances, including a penalty kick from Levi Houapeu that was saved by the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship, Anthony Rogic.

At a dead locked 0-0 at the intermission, UMBC took a big hit in the 66th minute when Dave Vaeth received his second yellow card of the game, putting UMBC down a man for the remained of the game.

A minute later Stony Brook capitalized when Raphael Abreau scored after a misplayed ball by UMBC goalie Phil Saunders. Then in the 77th minute Freshman of the Year Leonardo Fernandes scored an insurance goal off a free kick to put Stony Brook up 2-0.

UMBC could not get anything going after that point and fell to the Seawolves.

While UMBC does end their season on a down note, next season they should be right back in the mix as they can potentially return every player on the roster, while adding four more players who were red shirted this season.

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