UMBC, the ACC giant slayer, strikes again

UMBC won its third straight game on the road against current and former  ACC giants, following up on wins over Wake Forest and Maryland with a 1-0 victory over No. 12 Louisville, 1-0, to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time as a Division I program. But don't expect UMBC coach Pete Caringi to say he is surprised.

UMBC won its third straight game on the road against current and former ACC giants, following up on wins over Wake Forest and Maryland with a 1-0 victory over No. 12 Louisville, 1-0, to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time as a Division I program.

UMBC, which is unbeaten in its last nine contests, has not allowed a goal in 290 minutes of action in the tournament.

"This is a group of players that have won national [youth or club] championships, and, for the last three years, have been very successful [here]", said UMBC coach Pete Caringi. "These guys are used to winning. I am not surprised. We are very confident team and don't feel like we're done."

UMBC silenced the crowd of 2,723 at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium in the 23rd minute when Kay Banjo received the ball in the center of the field, drove in and attempted a shot from just outside the box. The ball struck a Cardinal defender, positioned just inside the box, and the Retrievers were awarded the penalty kick. Captain Mamadou Kansaye scored for his third goal in three attempts from the penalty spot.

Louisville's Will Vitalis, Ricardo Velazco and Tim Kubel all had good opportunities but missed wide in the last 20 minutes. Sophomore keeper Billy Heavner was credited with four saves for UMBC as he improved his record to 11-1-2 on the season.

"Baltimore is behind us and the state is behind us," said Caringi, when asked about UMBC's road efforts.  "We feed off of that. We have a great fan base and we know they are behind us."
1 comment about "UMBC, the ACC giant slayer, strikes again".
  1. Casey Prince, December 1, 2014 at 8:16 a.m.

    Btw, Maryland isn't in the ACC anymore. But still an impressive win nonetheless.

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