BALTIMORE, Md. – Freshman midfielder Ezra Siyadhuba (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) scored his first career goal Sunday as the Sacred Heart men's soccer team fell 2-1 to the #18 UMBC Retrievers at Retriever Soccer Park on Sunday in the Doubletree BWI Invitational.
Sacred Heart (0-2) goalkeeper Tucker Hackett (Madison, Conn.) was put to work early in Sunday's match, making three saves in the first seven minutes. UMBC (2-0) broke through with the game's first goal in the 10th minute when Kay Banjo volleyed in a cross from Michael Scott to give the Retrievers a 1-0 lead. The Pioneers were held to two shots in the first half. Matt Manzo (Shelton, Conn.) had an attempt on goal go wide in the 16th minute. Mahmoud Kafel (Fairfield, Conn.) also missed the target in the 19th minute. UMBC had 12 shots in the first half, with Hackett making four more saves in the half to keep the score 1-0.
The Pioneers tied the game, 1-1, early in the second half. Siyadhuba hammered a free kick from 25 yards out past UMBC goalkeeper Phil Breno less than two minutes into the half for his first goal as a Pioneer. The Retrievers took back the lead in the 50th minute. Mamadou Kansaye played a free kick into the 18-yard box that was headed down by Marquez Fernandez to Banjo. Banjo then scored from close range to give UMBC a 2-1 lead. Siyadhuba came close to tying the game in the 61st minute but his shot was wide of the goal. He also had a shot saved by Breno in the 76th minute. That would be Sacred Heart's last shot of the match as the Retrievers controlled possession in the final 10 minutes to hang on for the 2-1 win.
UMBC outshot Sacred Heart 28-5 for the game, including a 12-2 edge in the first half. Hackett made 14 saves for the Pioneers as Breno had just one in goal for UMBC.
Sacred Heart returns to the pitch on Friday, September 5 for a 5 p.m. match at Yale.