ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Towson State and UMBC were eliminated in semifinal matches in yesterday's Big South soccer tournament.
UMBC (11-10) lost, 5-0, to Campbell (11-8-1), which avenged a regular-season loss. Towson State fell 2-0, to UNC-Greensboro, 2-0.
For Big South regular-season champion UMBC, the main problem was Rami Kauppi. Kauppi scored four goals, including a second-half hat trick.
The first half was closely contested, except for Kauppi's shot past goalkeeper Robbie Mamula at the 25:34 mark.
The aggressive play resulted in nine cards, including two red cards issued to the Retrievers.
The second half was dominated by the Fighting Camels, who scored four goals and outshot UMBC, 10-2.
"[Kauppi] played extremely well and was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. He was able to finish the balls off," UMBC coach Pete Caringi said. "I'm very disappointed, but I'm very proud of my players and the season. It's just a tough way to go out."
UNC Greensboro (14-7) took a 1-0 lead over Towson State (9-9-1) after Darren Powell put in his rebound at the 4:17 mark.
It was close for the rest of the half.
"It's something you don't expect to happen heading into the game," Towson State coach Frank Olszewski said. "You still have 35 minutes to go, but it still gives you a shock."
The Tigers thought they had a tremendous opportunity in the second half, when the referee issued a red card to Garrett Bennett at 52:19, leaving the Spartans a man down for the final 37 minutes.
However, Powell scored his second goal of the game less than two minutes after the red card.
Spartans freshman goalkeeper Tony Breci earned his first career shutout, making four saves.
Towson State junior goalkeeper Rich Pellegrini was named to the all-conference team.