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UMBC rolls past Loyola with 2-0 victory

With a goal and seven assists this season Milo Kapor has been involved in every one of UMBC’s scores this season. Against Loyola he assisted both goals.

For 90 minutes the UMBC men’s soccer team had their way with cross-town rival Loyola, and they finished with a dominating 2-0 victory, snapping a two-game losing-streak while the Greyhounds lost their second game in a row.

The Retrievers outshot Loyola 20-9 in the game and took nine shots on goal to Loyola’s three in the game.

“I think the big difference is that I’ve really been concentrating on offense the last 10 days,” said UMBC coach Pete Caringi Jr., who had to endure two losses to nationally ranked opponents last week. “Prior to this, being a young group, we were just trying to be organized. We had a lot of players out [with injury] and when we didn’t have [centerback] Liam (Padock) back there we were playing more defensive-minded but the last 10 days we have been really emphasizing trying to score goals, trying to get players in the box, trying to go forward and I though today it all came together.”

UMBC just suffered losses to now No. 1 Maryland last Tuesday and then, now No. 20, George Mason, on Saturday, both on the road, but Caringis’ team learned the lessons he wanted them to learn after dropping two games to two of the best teams in the nation and it led to the dominating victory that they had.

The Retrievers out-shot Loyola 12-2 after one half but it was in the 47th minute that UMBC got on the scoreboard after Milo Kapor sent a through ball to Kadeem Dacres, who finished from 12-yards out for his second goal of the season.

Dacres said he saw and opening in the Greyhound defense the entire first half and when he saw Loyola giving up the same opportunity early in the second half he “told Milo to play the ball between those two defenders and it was a great ball and I just got a great shot.”

Then, in the 53rd minute UMBC doubled their lead when defender Spencer Williams gave Kapor the ball up the sideline, who in turn flicked it in front of the goal to Pete Caringi III, sitting there one-on-one with a defenders in the box. Like he always does, Caringi finished on the ball in the air for his fourth goal of the season. It was Kapor’s seventh assist of the 2012 campaign.

“Petey is one of the best players in the air I’ve ever played with,” Kapor said. “I knew my chances were good if I put the ball in the right spot and Petey finished it off.”

Late in the game Loyola finally mounded some sort of pressure but it was no enough to score three-late goals. Their best chance came at 6:59 when midfielder Mamadou Kansaye stuck his hand out and stopped a ball inside the ball, getting called for a redcard, which not only put Loyola up a player for the rest of the game but also gave them a penalty shot right then to try to get a goal.

Connor Thompson lined up for the penalty kick but junior goalkeeper Phil Saunders completely stretched out to his left and deflected the ball out of danger, preserving his 20th victory at the Retriever netminder.

Caringi, the UMBC coach, said that his gameplan to shutout a team with a very good offense who just last year dominated the Retrievers in similar fashion in a 2-0 victory, was to make them play defense and not even allow their scorers to get in a rhythm.

“We wanted to get the ball up to Kadeem and Petey,” Caringi Jr. said. “This kid they (Loyola) have up top is a really good player so we were aware of him but our gameplan was to come out and put them on defense.”

Loyola coach Mark Mettrick said after the game that after his team’s second loss he hopes they can get some “valuable experience” making tough decisions and playing under an immense amount of pressure against some quality opponents but he felt that his team “struggled today and they (UMBC) put us under a lot of pressure. Generally our back four has been very solid traditionally and we don’t concede that many goals but they got tested today. Ultimately we were under so much pressure that we finally broke.”

While the Retrievers snap a two-game slide to improve to 3-2-2 the Greyhounds drop to 3-3-1 with their second-straight home loss heading into three-straight home game against James Madison, American and Saint Joseph’s, respectively. UMBC next plays on the road at George Washington.

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