GK Saunders saves two PK shootout attempts, UMBC move on to Round 2
NORFOLK, Va. -- UMBC advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament as the Retrievers played Old Dominion to a 0-0 double overtime draw and won 4-2 in penalty kicks.
UMBC is now 11-4-6, while Old Dominion’s season comes to an end at 11-3-3.
UMBC junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders helped secure the win with a pair of penalty kick saves.
After senior Milo Kapor converted the first kick, Saunders saved ODU goalkeeper Victor Fracoz’ attempt. UMBC’s Mamadou Kansaye’s and Monarchs forward Chris Harmon matched successful kicks, but UMBC senior Liam Paddock’s attempt was saved by Francoz.
On ODU’s tying attempt, Saunders again dived to his right and stopped the effort of Jordan LeBlanc. Both UMBC’s Kadeem Dacres and ODU’s Ivan Militar converted, setting up Retriever senior Dave Vaeth for the game-winning opportunity. Vaeth buried his attempt into the upper left corner of the goal, setting off a celebration.
UMBC advanced to the second round for the second time in three years and will compete at defending national champion North Carolina on Sunday.
The first half was evenly-played, as both teams managed only three shots each. The Monarchs’ best opportunity was their first, as Gideon Asante hit a shot wide right from eight yards out in the 18th minute. UMBC’s best chance came late in the half, as Dacres hit a rising shot from 17 yards out on the left wing which went over the crossbar.
In the second half, Kansaye’s 50-yard free kick had to be saved over the bar, giving UMBC its first corner of the match in the 58th minute. The Retrievers attempted four corners in the second half, but the best chance, an Oumar Ballo header in the 59th minute went wide of the near post.
Old Dominion outshot UMBC 10-6. Saunders and Francoz both made three saves in 110 minutes of play. Saunders recorded his fourth consecutive shuout.