BALTIMORE- For the third consecutive game, UMBC’s Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) scored a pair of goals and the senior striker led the Retrievers to a 3-1 victory over Central Connecticut State in the Hampton Inn BWI Classic played at Retriever Soccer Park.
UMBC improved to 3-0-0 for the first time since 2009, while Central dropped to 0-3-0.
Caringi moved into a tie for ninth place on the school’s all-time goals list. He scored multiple goals for the seventh time in his career.
The reigning Disney/NSCAA Player of the Week put the home side ahead in the 16th minute, converting a CCSU miscue. He easily picked off a back pass from a Central defender, took one touch and finished from 16 yards away.
The Retrievers dominated the first 45 minutes, outshooting Central, 11-1.
“We wanted to set the tempo early and that’s what we like to do on our field,” said head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. “I thought the guys responded and it was our best 30 minutes of the year.”
Caringi got the insurance marker in the 56th minute. Junior midfielder Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mount St. Joseph) gathered a ball on the left edge of the box and hit right-footed shot was deflected away by Blue Devil netminder Josef Abele. But the rebound came to an onrushing Caringi, who blasted in a shot from 11 yards away from the right side.
Senior midfielder Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y.) and Caringi helped set up the Retrievers’ final goal. Dacres drove into the box on the left side and his seven-yard effort was turned away by Abele. Caringi was pulled down going after the ball deep in the box and UMBC was awarded a penalty kick. Dacres stepped up and buried the attempt to the keeper’s right side in the 77th minute.
Central scored its first goal of the season with just 2:20 reamining as sophomore forward Zach Zurita won a loose ball in the box and scored from 14 yards out.
UIMBC has won all three of its decisions by identical 3-1 margins in 2013.
UMBC outshot CCSU, 21-5. Abele recorded nine saves for the visitors, while UMBC senior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) made a pair for the hosts.
By scoring six goals in three games, Caringi becomes the fastest Retriever to reach that plateau in UMBC’s Division I history.
UMBC will host St. Francis Brooklyn (1-1-0) on Saturday, Sept. 7 to determine the tournament winner. The Terriers defeated Navy, 2-1, in Annapolis. Central faces Navy, also on Saturday evening.