UMBC Men's Soccer Ousted in Shootout By UNC in NCAA Tourney Second Round
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Playing in the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup for the second time in three years, UMBC took fifth-ranked and ninth-seeded North Carolina to the wire, but were edged by the Tar Heels, 3-2, in penalty kicks after the two teams played to a scoreless tie Sunday evening at Fetzer Field. The Retrievers' season also ended in a second-round shootout two years ago to William & Mary.
UMBC (11-4-7), whci recorded its fifth straight shutout, hung with North Carolina (15-3-3) outshooting the Tar Heels 8-6 after halftime and getting six corner kicks to UNC's one after the break. Neither team was able to find the back of the net however as UNC's Scott Goodwin made two stops and UMBC's Phil Saunders, who ended the season with a 510-minute scoreless stretch, saved four shots.
In the shootout, UMBC's third straight, Goodwin made a kick save on first-team All-America East midfielder Milo Kapor, while the Tar Heels' Cameron Brown converted to give UNC a 1-0 lead before the Tar Heels before UMBC's Mamadou Kansaye tied the score at 1-1. Martin Murphy and Alex Walters then converted for UNC sandwiching Liam Paddock's score to make the score 3-2 after three rounds. Goodwin then made his second stop, a diving save on Kadeem Dacres' try to push the Tar Heels within a conversion of advancing. But, Saunders, the Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship, stopped his fifth penalty kick in the last 11 he'd faced to keep UMBC alive. Unfortunately, Goodwin made his third save of the night on Dave Vaeth's attempt to seal the outcome of UNC.
The Retrievers, who were the ninth America East team to advance to the second round of the NCAA College Cup in the last 12 years, were attempting to become the league's third team to reach the third round and first since Hartford in 2002.