Fairfax, Va.- UMBC spotted host George Mason an early two-goal lead and a late rally fell just short, as the red-hot Patriots nipped the Retrievers, 2-1, in a non-conference soccer match held at George Mason Stadium.
Mason, which received the third-most votes outside of the top 25 in the latest NSCAA poll, improved to 6-0-0 on the season, while the Retrievers slipped to 2-2-2.
Senior midfielder Milo Kapor (Toronto, Ont./Emily Carr) converted a penalty kick in the 70thminute to slice the Retriever deficit to 2-1. Junior midfielder Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) sent a through ball ahead which a Mason defender got a hand on, resulting in Kapor's first career penalty kick effort.
The Retrievers had several crosses in the final 20 minutes and got its final corner kick opportunity of the game with 1:15 remaining, but could not cash in.
The Patriots were opportunistic in the first half, scoring on two of their six attempts. Timmy Mulgrew beat the UMBC defense down the left side and scored into the far right corner of the net in the eighth minute of play. The goal was the earliest that UMBC has allowed in 2012.
The Patriots doubled the lead in the 29th minute, as Taylor Morgan finished a passing play right in front of the UMBC cage.
Mason outshot UMBC by a slim 8-7 margin and only managed a pair of second-half shots. UMBC junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) took the loss, making three saves.
UMBC will take on local rival Loyola on Wed., Sept. 19. The start time at Retriever Soccer Park is set for 7:00 p.m.