No. 21 UMBC Slips Past Navy in Double Overtime
Sept. 17, 2013
BALTIMORE, Md. - Jordan Becker's cross in the 102nd minute from near the left side found its way to the upper corner of the far right post to give No. 21 UMBC (6-0-0) a 3-2 double overtime win over visiting Navy (1-3-2) at the Retriever Soccer Park on Tuesday evening.
"I thought we more than held our own tonight," head coach Dave Brandt said. "I thought our guys showed up to play every single minute and we were looking to win it towards the end. We're a good team. We can play. It's very frustrating to be where we are record-wise, but we've got to keep grinding and try to get better."
The Mids rebounded from a 2-1 halftime deficit and outplayed the nationally-ranked Retrievers in the second half, but ultimately took the loss due to Becker's unlikely goal in the second overtime period.
"I thought the second half was ours," said Brandt. "I was very proud of our guys for taking it to them in the second half and having the better of the chances and the better of play. We were very unfortunate to lose on a cross like that. It was just flat-out unlucky and I feel for our guys."
It took Navy just nine minutes to get on the board in the first half to stake out a 1-0 lead. Senior Dave Arnold (Baltimore, Md.) won a ball and sent a pass through UMBC's backline to sophomore forward Jamie Dubyoski (Catonsville, Md.), who tracked down the ball, controlled it and then sent a low driving shot to the far left post past UMBC goalkeeper Phil Saunders.
It was Dubyoski's team-leading third goal and it marked the first time that Navy scored in the first half this season.
UMBC, the nation's leader in goals per game, tied the score at 1-1 in the 19th minute. Pete Caringi got the ball deep in Navy's box and got the endline, drawing goalkeeper Aaron Dupere (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) out. Caringi then cut the ball back to Gaeton Caltabiano who sent the ball to the back of the net.
Seven minutes later following a Navy yellow card, Caltabiano sent a free kick to the box where Oumar Ballo headed it off the cross bar. Marquez Fernandez finished the rebound to put the Retrievers up, 2-1, in the 26th minute.
Just four minutes into the second half, Navy evened the score at 2-2 on a play that was started by senior Martin Sanchez (Salisbury, Md.). Sanchez served a ball into the box that Arnold headed on goal, where Saunders made the initial save. Arnold then came in and knocked in the rebound for his first goal of the season.
Navy carried play for the remainder of the half, outshooting UMBC, 8-4. UMBC did threaten in the 77th minute but Dupere made a diving save to stop Caringi's header. Sophomore defender Derek Vogel (Long Beach, Calif.) also made several key defensive plays late in the game to preserve the 2-2 score.
Dupere also made a leaping save in the 96th minute on a shot by Kadeem Dacres and he finished with four saves. Saunders stopped seven shots for UMBC.
For the game, UMBC outshot Navy, 15-14, and held a 7-3 edge in corner kicks.
Navy will next play at George Washington (3-2-0) on Saturday at 3:00 PM.