Paddock Returns to Lineup and Scores the Lone Goal in 1-0 UMBC Victory at Mount St. Mary's
Emmistburg, Md.- UMBC senior back Liam Paddock (Worcestershire, England/Chase Technology College) came back to the Retriever lineup and scored an early goal, leading the Retrievers to a 1-0 victory at Mount St. Mary's.
UMBC won its second straight and improved to 2-0-2 on the season, while the Mount fell to 1-3-0.
The Retrievers dominated the first portion of the game, taking four corners in the first six minutes of play. On their fifth attempt, just 7:41 into the game, senior midfielder Milo Kapor (Toronto, Ont./Emily Carr) took the corner from the left side and his serve found Paddock eight yards from the goal. The recently-named 2012 ECAC Division I Scholar-Athlete of the Year headed the ball just inside the far right post to give the visitors the early lead.
Paddock, who scored his third career goal, missed the first three games of the season with a lower body injury.
UMBC ended up with eight corners to only one for the Mount in the first 45 minutes.
In the second half, the Retrievers had chances in the 66th and 74th minutes, but could not get an insurance goal. UMBC could not put away a ball on a scramble in front on the first opportunity, and junior midfielder Kadeem Dacres' (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) shot in with 16 minutes remaining was knocked over the bar by Mount netminder Peter Steve.
The home team's best chance came with 7:30 remaining, when the Mount's Mark Pleisance unleashed a hard, low shot from 23 yards out, but UMBC junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) made a diving save to his right to snare the attempt.
UMBC held possession for nearly all of the remaining time and ran its winning streak over the Mountaineers to ten consecutive games.
"They are a very tough team, especially up here," said head coach Pete Caringi, Jr.. "Our strategy was to come out early and get a goal, so we could relax a bit. We started well, we finished well-in the middle we could have played a lot better, but we'll take the win."
UMBC outshot Mount St. Mary's, 12-11, and had 12 of the game's 14 corner kicks. Saunders crafted the shutout with six saves, earning his second clean sheet of the year and ninth of his career. Steve made five saves for the Mountaineers.
Kapor has assists on all four Retriever goals this season.
UMBC returns to action on Tues., Sept. 11, when they travel to College Park, to take on fifth-ranked Maryland at 7:30 p.m.