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Saunders leads UMBC past UNH in shootout
November 11th, 2012 4:14AM

TAGS:  college men


[AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT] For the second time in three years, UMBC won a shootout against New Hampshire after playing 110 minutes of scoreless soccer to claim the America East title. The Retrievers extended their unbeaten streak to seven games with the 4-2 win on penalty kicks.

Phil Saunders made five saves, including one from point-blank range in the second overtime period, and stopped two of the four penalty kicks he faced to earn the championship's Most Outstanding Player honor. He did not allow a goal in 200 minutes during tournament play and recorded two shutouts.

UNH, which has not allowed a goal in its last six America East Tournament games, had the two best chances in overtime.  David Schlatter had both opportunities, hitting the crossbar from 10 yards out in the 96th minute and getting a point-blank opportunity from six yards out that was stopped by Saunders.

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