Towson, UMBC advance to Big South soccer semis Tigers roll, 2-0

Retrievers win, 3-2

November 05, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

Towson State and UMBC will take radically different backgrounds into the Big South Conference soccer semifinals in Rock Hill, S.C., tomorrow.

The Retrievers used three Rob Diver assists in yesterday's 3-2 quarterfinal victory over Charleston Southern, their first postseason success in seven years. The Tigers beat Winthrop, 2-0, to give coach Frank Olszewski his 100th career win, and boost their a playoff record to 7-0-1 over the last four seasons.

The Baltimore teams and another semifinalist, UNC-Greensboro, are new to the Big South. In tomorrow's semifinals at tournament host Winthrop, UMBC plays defending champion Campbell at noon, and Towson State plays a 2 p.m. game against UNC-Greensboro. The winners meet Saturday (2 p.m.).

Towson State won the East Coast Conference tournament in 1989 and 1991, and shared the title with Drexel in 1990.

UMBC was the No. 1 seed in the ECC last year, when it blew an overtime lead in the semifinals and lost to Rider. The Retrievers are again seeded No. 1 after finishing atop the Big South, and last year's result weighed on some yesterday, when UMBC gave back a 2-0 lead and needed Terry Locklear's goal with 9 minutes, 21 seconds, left to repel Charleston Southern.

"I didn't bring up last year at all this week," UMBC coach Pete Caringi said. "I'm mad because I expected us to have more composure, but I guess it would have been easy to fold after we let up the two goals."

UMBC (11-9-0) scored twice within a six-minute span late in the first half, as sophomore Rob Hoch got his fifth goal of the season and junior Bobby Wagner his eighth.

Charleston Southern (5-12), which lost the regular season finale at UMBC, 2-0, last Saturday and beat UNC-Asheville Monday to get to the quarterfinals, needed less than 5 minutes midway through the second half to tie. First came Joe Taranto's penalty kick, and Nigel James' elegant footwork made it 2-2 with 19:55 remaining.

Less than 10 minutes later, Diver took a ball from Hoch 40 yards out, turned and sent a pass to the running Locklear. A senior out of Patapsco High who spent two years with Caringi at Essex Community College, Locklear calmly nudged the ball past the charging goalie, and into the open net for the winner.

Like UMBC, Towson State (9-8-1) had trouble at times this fall finding the goal, and their four 1-0 losses include an Oct. 14 setback to the Retrievers. Before breaking through in the second half yesterday, the Tigers again wasted numerous opportunities in the first against Winthrop (10-11).

With 24:37 elapsed in the second half, Chris Kelley (Bowie) got his fourth goal of the season, and freshman Frank Zampardi got an insurance score with 4:07 left.

Today is travel day for the Baltimore teams, which face a 9 1/2 -hour bus ride to Rock Hill, S.C. Towson State knows the field. It beat Winthrop, 1-0, there during the regular season.

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