Santa Barbara, Calif. – UMBC saw its two-match winning streak halted, as the Retrievers fell, 4-0, at UC-Santa Barbara on Sunday evening.
The Retrievers (3-4) begin America East play at UMass Lowell on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:00 p.m.
The Gauchos won for the fourth straight time and improved to 5-2.
With the game scoreless in the 19th minute, senior midfielder Colin Weyant (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) drew a foul just outside the box. Freshman Dadi Ingason (Hafnarfjodur, Iceland) took the free kick and sailed it high over the crossbar.
Moments later, the Retrievers' luck turned bad, when an attempted Gaucho cross from the left wing deflected off the boot of defender Orlygur Omarsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) and beyond UMBC netminder Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) for the game's first goal.
Three minutes later, in the 24th minute, Jones stopped a 12-yard header, but a charging Will Baynham put in the rebound to give the hosts a 2-0 lead, which would remain in tact at the halftime break.
UMBC started the second half brightly and senior midfielder Nick Gumbs (Damascus, Md./Damascus) got in behind the UCSB defense in the 55th minute, but could not settle the ball and the Gaucho netminder secured it.
The Retrievers were whistled for a foul on the outer edge of the box in the 63rd minute. Jones got his right hand on the hard drive, but the ball found the upper left corner of the net.
UCSB wrapped up their scoring in the 74th minute. The Retrievers continued to press and nearly broke the ice in the 83', but sophomore Jackson Becher's (Hummelstown, Pa.) header hit the far left post.
UMBC was outshot for the first time this season, as they were on the short end of an 18-7 margin. Jones was credited with four saves. The Retrievers took three of the game's four corner kicks.