BALTIMORE- The UMBC men's soccer team was unable to defend its America East title, as the fourth-seeded Retrievers fell, 1-0, to visiting No. 5 Hartford in an America East quarterfinal match played in chilly conditions at Retriever Soccer Park.
The Hawks (7-8-4) advance to play top-seeded Boston U. in the league semifinals on the road on Nov. 9.
Hartford scored the game's lone goal in the 69thminute. Defender Atobra Ampadu won a battle for the ball on the right wing and sprinted into the box. He hit a short cross, where a streaking Anthony Santaga redirected it from six yards away past a diving UMBC goalkeeper Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del.) and into the near right portion of the goal.
The Retrievers pressed fiercely after the Hartford strike, but could not beat Hawk netminder Luke Citriniti. Senior midfielder Andrew Bulls(Millersville, Md./McDonogh) put four second half shots on goal, including a direct kick attempt from 20 yards away in the 86th minute, but Citriniti made a diving save to his left.
Bulls' last effort on a free kick with 40 seconds left was blocked away by a Hawk wall and cleared to safety.
UMBC (7-8-3) outshot UH, 16-15. Citriniti made seven saves, including the best stop of the first half, when he knocked away Pete Caringi's (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) spinning volley from 12 yards way in the 34th minute.