Men's Soccer Season Draws to a Bitter End; William & Mary Advances in Penalty Kicks after Scoreless Tie
Williamsburg, Va.—UMBC's most successful season in men's soccer history came to a bitter end today, as host William & Mary advanced to the third round of NCAA Men's Soccer Championships by virtue of penalty kicks, 4-3.
After 110 minutes of action, the contest finished in a 0-0 double overtime draw.
In the 66th minute, UMBC had the match's best opportunity to score, as Levi Houapeu (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill) was taken down in the box by Tribe keeper Andrew McAdams. The penalty kick was awarded, but McAdams saved the shot at the high middle part of the net, and the Retriever forward's rebound effort went over the net.
Junior midfielder Andrew Bulls opened penalty kicks with a score, but the Tribe evened the score after one round. Then, Houapeu tried to pick a similar spot, but McAdams again stayed in his spot and denied the kick.
The Tribe did not miss in their next three attempts, despite UMBC goalkeeper Dan Louisignau(Wilmington, Del./Concord/Virginia) getting his hand on the second shot. Chris Williams(Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) and Daniel Welsh (Fife, Scotland) converted their attempts, but UMBC trailed, 4-3, after four rounds. John Paul Waraksa (Media, Pa.), who netted the deciding penalty kick in the conference title game eight days ago, fired high of the mark and the Tribe survived UMBC's upset bid.
UMBC completes its season at 12-4-4, while ninth-ranked Williams & Mary is now 15-3-3
Both teams pushed the attack in the first half, but could not dent the scoreboard. Louisignau made two outstanding stops, leaping to snare Alan Koger's drive for the far right corner in the tenth minute and parrying a shot over the bar in the 20th minute. UMBC's best chance occurred late in the half, when Houapeu drove the left endline and his low cross ended up in a blocked shot in deep by Danny Shannon (Frederick, Md.).
Louisignau made six saves in the UMBC nets.
The Retrievers won their first America East title this season and won a first round NCAA Tournament game at 10th-ranked Princeton on Nov. 18.