Kahsai, Saunderson Score as Comeback Effort Falls Short in 3-2 Loss on Wednesday

Kahsai, Saunderson Score as Comeback Effort Falls Short in 3-2 Loss on Wednesday

Lowell, Mass.— UMBC men's soccer found themselves down 3-0 early in the second half, but a pair of goals by Sammy Kahsai (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) and Kyle Saunderson (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) cut into the deficit off assists from Gregg Hauck (Linthicum, Md./Reservoir) and Tom Paul (Stalybridge, Cheshire, England). However, the River Hawks held on for a 3-2 win on Wednesday night.

UMBC falls to 6-3-3, 1-1-1 AE on the year, as UMass Lowell moves to 6-4-1, 2-1-0 AE on the year.

The opening 45 minutes saw the Retrievers garner a majority of the run of play early. Cormac Noel (Todmorden, England) had a shot in the first few minutes that was blocked away, followed by a Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) shot that was saved. Pulliam found the ball at his feet after a long throw in bounced to him in front of the goal.

Classmate Colin Weyant (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) followed up with a 30-yard strike that skipped just past the post.

The UMass Lowell offense woke up late in the half, getting a pair of goals from Dario Jovanovski and Jacob Fitzgerald in the 36th and 39th minutes. Jovanovski put home a bending ball from 35 yards out, while Fitzgerald gathered a cross from Alejandro Osorio and put it in the bottom corner.

UMBC lead the River Hawks 10-7 in shots, but UMass Lowell put both their shots on goal in the back of the net.

The second half saw the River Hawks get another goal in the 51st minute, giving them a 3-0 lead.

Then the Retriever offense came to life. Kahsai put UMBC on the board in the 63rd minute, taking a Gregg Hauck header off a Tom Paul free kick and placing it past the River Hawk keeper. Kyle Saunderson followed suit in the 78th minute, heading home a Hauck header from Paul to cut it to 3-2.

The Retrievers had chances late, but could not find the equalizer, falling to UMass Lowell 3-2 on Wednesday.

Kahsai netted his third goal, while Saunderson scored his fourth, tying Hauck for the team lead. Both Paul and Hauck had two assists on the night, with Hauck leading the team with five shots on the night.

UMBC outshot the River Hawks, 20-13, but all three River Hawk shots on goal went in.

UMBC returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 14 when they host Albany on Homecoming. Kickoff with the Great Danes is set for 7 p.m.