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UMBC falls flat against UMass Lowell

By: Zain Ahmed

UMBC was left with 10 men for over half of the game and struggled to keep up with the nationally-ranked River Hawks at that disadvantage.

UMBC was left with 10 men for over half of the game and struggled to keep up with the nationally-ranked River Hawks at that disadvantage.

It was a wet and rainy day at Retriever Soccer Park and the miserable conditions were made even more miserable as No. 22 UMass Lowell spoiled UMBC’s homecoming. The Retrievers fell behind in the first half, lost a player after a controversial red card and never recovered as they were beaten 4-0 by the River Hawks.

UMass Lowell took only 12 minutes to score after a brilliant ball was delivered to Ivan Abramovic by Wuilito Fernandez. Abramovic placed it beautifully in the top left corner past a diving Billy Heavner to put the River Hawks up 1-0.

UMBC had a header by Tom Paul hit the post in the first half off a cross by Sammy Kahsai, but mounted no other threatening chances in the first half. Then in the 41st minute starting defender Kyle Saunderson was given a red card for a mid-air collision with River Hawk and former Perry Hall goalkeeper Austin Kroll. That left the Retrievers playing with only 10 player for 49 minutes and with such an inexperienced back line, there was little chance to comeback.

Had UMBC been even, they would have had reason to believe they could have come back against the undefeated River Hawks as they held a 4-3 shot advantage in the first half. However, they couldn’t keep the defense up too long. Ten minutes into the second half Stanley Alves doubled UMass Lowell’s lead. Alvares was assisted by Dario Jovanski, who sent a grounded cross from the near post to give Alves the easy tap-in goal.

Following the 55th minute score, UMass Lowell had two more goals come in a 10-minute span. In the 63rd minute Fernanes found space in the box and found Abramovic on a run. He was able to coolly shoot it past Heavner for his second score of the game. Just two minutes later UMBC conceded a penalty off a foul by Paul. Carlos Ruiz stepped up and put the shot into the upper right corner to give UMass Lowell and 4-0 lead in the 65th minute.

The River Hawks’ man advantage ended in the 81st minute when substitute Alejandro Osorio slid studs up into the head of Heavner, who was attempting to colelct the ball off the ground. He was issued a red card for the dangerous play, but it had no effect on the game. It was well in hand for the River Hawks as they rode it out for the win.

UMBC actually out-shot the River Hawks 16-10 in the game and held a 6-1 lead on corners, but were unable to place it in the net in a disappointing performance. While UMass Lowell remains unbeaten and improved to 8-0-2, UMBC drops to 4-3-3 and 0-2 in the America East Conference after suffering back-to-back shutout losses.

The Retrievers will look to recover on Wednesday when they host Binghamton on Wednesday at 7 pm.

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Zain Ahmed

Staff Writer
When Zain was a youngster his brothers were huge sports fans, but would only watch occasionally and wasn't a huge sports fan at the time. That would all change when he was in fourth grade and his father gave him his first two sports jerseys. He got an Elton Brand Clippers jersey and Derrick Brooks Buccaneers jersey. Those gifts jump-started his sports fandom, especially for basketball and football. Zain began to follow sports more than ever and even started to play a bit. When in high school he wrestled and played rec basketball. In 2014, his love for sports expanded even more with the World Cup. That got him interested in soccer and the English Premier League. After high school there were no more sports for Zain to play anymore, so to continue his passion for sports he moved into writing.

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