Bulls, Louisignau Key Men's Soccer's 1-0 Win at Stony Brook; Retrievers Clinch Second Place and Will Host America East Semis
Stony Brook, N.Y.—UMBC junior midfielder Andrew Bulls(Millersville, Md./McDonogh) scored on a direct kick in the 65thminute and junior netminder Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del./Concord/U. Virginia) made seven saves as the visiting Retrievers clinched second place and a first round bye in the America East Conference Tournament with a 1-0 victory at Stony Brook.
The Retrievers (10-4-2, 4-1-2) and Seawolves (9-6-3, 3-2-2) came into the game deadlocked for second place and the hosts would have earned the higher seed with a draw. UMBC will host the winner of No. 6 Vermont at No. 3 Stony Brook at UMBC Stadium on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Regular season champion Boston University (6-1-0 America East) will host the winner of the No. 5 New Hampshire at No. 4 Binghamton match. Both opening round matches will be played on Saturday, Nov. 6.
UMBC has now won a season-high four straight games and completed the month of October at 6-1-2. The Retrievers earned their first win in five trips to Stony Brook earning a slight measure of revenge as the Seawolves defeated UMBC, 2-0, on the same surface for the 2009 America East title.
Bulls scored the game's lone goal in the 65th minute, as his free kick from just outside the box glanced off a Stony Brook defender and beyond netminder Stefan Manz. It was Bulls' fourth goal of the season and his third in the last four games.
Stony Brook outshot UMBC, 19-13, and the game appeared destined for overtime with two minutes to play when Antonio Crespi drilled a header targeted for the corner of the net. But Louisignau laid out and snatched it out the air to preserve the late Retriever lead.
The Retrievers are unbeaten in their last five road contests (4-0-1).
The all-time series between UMBC and Stony Brook is now deadlocked at 5-5-0.