March 24, 2018
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UM mens soccer battles to tie

Bangor Daily News

ORONO, Maine – University of Maine junior goalkeeper Nemanja Kostic and University of Maryland-Baltimore County senior goalie Steve King each made tie-preserving saves as the two teams battled to a 0-0 double-overtime tie in their mutual America East opener at Alumni Field Saturday.

Maine, which has posted three consecutive shutouts, is now 3-4-2 overall while UMBC is 5-2-2.

Kostic stopped a partial break-in by Kevin Gnatiko with 9 minutes left in regulation, coming off his line to cut down the angle and get his hands on Gnatiko’s 12-yard shot labeled for the near side corner.

Midway through the second overtime, King raced off his line and positioned himself well to parry a blistering 18-yard shot by Jordan Antonucci straight up into the air. He then alertly recovered to snare the ball as it dropped before a Bear attacker could direct the ball into the vacated net.

Kostic, who returned at the outset of the second half after sitting out the final 1:31 of the first half when he injured his thumb, finished with five saves on 25 shots. Alex Pilitsis, who replaced him for that 1:31, didn’t have to face a shot.

King wound up with three saves on 19 shots.

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