Men's Soccer Plays to 1-1 Double Overtime Draw With Visting Binghamton in 2010 America East Debut

Goalkeeper Dan Louisignau posted his first UMBC shutout vs. UNH.
Goalkeeper Dan Louisignau posted his first UMBC shutout vs. UNH.

BALTIMORE—UMBC freshman forward Pete Caringi III(Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) scored his fifth goal of the season late in the second half, but the visiting Binghamton Bearcats got the game-tying goal in the 82nd minute and the two sides played to a 1-1 double overtime draw in America East Conference opener.

UMBC is now 4-3-1 on the season, while Binghamton stretched its unbeaten streak to five and is now 2-4-3.

Senior midfielder Levi Houapeu (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill), who set up UMBC's score was the Retrievers' America East Player of the Game, while Binghamton's goal-scorer, sophomore forward Jake Keegan, earned the honor for the Bearcats.

Both goalkeepers excelled in the match, as UMBC junior Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del.) made a UMBC season-high nine saves, while Binghamton red-shirt freshman Chris Hayen stopped six UMBC shots on goal.

Each team pumped seven shots goalward in the first half and Louisignau made a pair of dazzling stops on Keegan and sophomore midfielder Adam Whitehead midway through the half to keep the game scoreless through 45 minutes.  

In the 49th minute, UMBC junior forward Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) was expertly set up on the right wing by Houapeu, but his drive from 10 yards out hit the right post. 

In the 75th minute, Bulls would initiate the Retriever goal as his pass into space was run onto by Houapeu down the right wing. Houapeu's deep cross got beyond Hayen and Caringi headed it in from three yards out.

But the visitors would get the tying goal as Louisignau could not get to a ball played into the box at the 12-yard line. Binghamton's Ryan Walter managed to flick it to Keegan, who knocked it into the unguarded net from eight yards away.

Neither team threatened in the final eight minutes, but UMBC nearly got the game-winner just 38 seconds into overtime. Houapeu was sent in down the middle of the field, where he ran stride-for-stride with a Bearcat defender and his blast from 14 yards  out was saved by Hayen.

Bulls and Whitehead each posted seven shots and four on goal for their respective sides, as UMBC had a slight advantage in shots, 17-15.

UMBC saw its eight-year record in America East openers go to 2-3-3 and 4-1-3 in home openers.  Binghamton leads the overall series between the two teams, 6-3-2.

The Retrievers travel to Bucknell for a Tuesday non-conference clash before resuming America East play at New Hampshire on Oct. 9.