November 4, 2013

Phil Saunders, Men's Soccer, Senior

Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2013

Senior goalkeeper Phil Saunders made four saves as UMBC blanked UMass Lowell, 2-0, on the road, Saturday afternoon. The Perry Hall, Md. native was named America East Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for games ending Nov. 2.

The Retriever senior made a diving stop off a header with 24 minutes to play and stopped a header in close quarters with 7:45 remaining. Finally, with less than four minutes remaining, Saunders kicked out a shot by Eric Martin, who had gotten behind the Retriever defense and broke in alone.

Saunders surpassed the 200-save plateau (203) in his career. The shutout was his third in a row, fifth of the season and 22nd of his career. He is now tied for second place in school history with 22 shutouts. Brian Rowland is the school’s all-time leader with 25 and Saunders is tied with Steve King (2005-08) and Steve Zerhusen (1975-78).

UMBC has not allowed a goal in its last 322 minutes of action.

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