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Men’s Soccer Advances to America East Conference Finals With 2-1 Win Over Top Seeded New Hampshire

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What a difference a few weeks make. A few weeks ago UMBC played a terrible two games. Before that they lost 3-4 games including a 2-0 loss to New Hampshire which they could not get anything going. But these last two weeks when a loss ends their season they have been on fire, and playing well all over the field.

It was a completely different game than the last meeting the two had. This time UMBC came out on top with a 2-1 victory in Durham, New Hampshire.

Mark Lubetkin (7)

Freshman midfielder Mark Lubetkin opened the scoring in each of the last two games with a goal, which are his only two this season.

Once again freshman Mark Lubetkin opened the scoring with a goal but this time it took just nine minutes to do. In the 9th minute ha received a pass from Levi Houapeu and blasted the ball to the lower right corner from 30 yards out.

Just 32 minutes later UMBC got on the board again to go up 2-0 when another freshman, Milo Kapor, recorded his second goal of the season when he knocked a corner kick by Andrew Bulls into the top left corner of the goal.

Milo Kapor (20)

Freshman Milo Kapor recorded the game winner against New Hampshire. It was his second goal of the year.

With the 2-0 lead at the half UMBC could go into defensive mode. While they allowed one goal by first-team all-conference forward Chris Banks, they did not allow the Wildcats to get much going in the game, making them force bad shots and not being able to get the ball past freshman Phil Saunders, who recorded four saves in the game.

Basically, they are playing like they were in the beginning of the season. They are controlling the game. They are scoring goals. And they are playing great defense, largely in part to the addition of Chris Williams back into the starting lineup.

They are now just one game away from an NCAA tournament berth and will take on the winner of Hartford @ Stony Brook, which starts at 7:00 tonight.

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Written by Corey Johns

November 11, 2009 at 3:30 pm

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  1. Awwwwwww yeah

    Greg Fiumara

    November 12, 2009 at 12:22 am


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