Kadeem Dacres scored with 12 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the eighth-ranked UMBC Retrievers to a 2-1 victory at Vermont in America East men's soccer action at Virtue Field on Wednesday.
After a scoreless first half, Vermont was able to get on the board three minutes into the second stanza. Charlie DeFeo fed teammate Brian Wright on the left side of the penalty area and Wright was able to finish it off with a tap-in shot after a slight deflection off a UMBC defender. It was Wright's team-leading sixth goal of the year.
The Retrievers answered back in the 59th minute. There was a scramble in front of the UVM net after a corner kick. UVM could not clear the ball out cleanly and Jordan Becker pounced on a loose ball for his second goal of the year.
UMBC netted the go-ahead goal in the final seconds of regulation. The Retrievers were awarded a free kick about 25 yards out from the net. Mamadou Kansaye served the ball into the box and Dacres was there to flick it on and into the net for his sixth tally of the season.
"We didn't play 90 minutes", said Vermont head coach Jesse Cormier "We did everything we needed to score and get the goal and then we stopped playing and competing and let a really good team come back in the game when we have to put a team like that away. That's the learning piece. We haven't put together 90 minutes yet and its hurting us. Against the better teams 90 minutes of mentally engaged competitiveness and quality is where we will be successful."
Phil Saunders was credited with two saves in the UMBC net, while Conor Leland made four stops for Vermont.
UMBC improves to 11-1-1 overall and 2-0-1 in America East. The Catamounts fall to 7-3-3 on the season and 1-2-0 in league play. UVM also suffered its first loss on its home field this year, moving to 5-1-1.
The Catamounts will be back in action on Saturday (Oct. 19) when they host Albany at 1 p.m. at Virtue Field.
Courtesy: Vermont Athletics
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