UM mens soccer battles to tie

Posted Oct. 04, 2008, at 6:14 p.m.
The Black Bears' Nikola Bogdanovic (left) battles for the ball with UMBC's Dan Bulls during the first half of the game at the University of Maine in Orono Saturday.  Buy Photo
The Black Bears' Nikola Bogdanovic (left) battles for the ball with UMBC's Dan Bulls during the first half of the game at the University of Maine in Orono Saturday. Buy Photo
The Black Bears' Mike Moloney (right) battles for the ball with UMBC's Levi Houapeu during the first half of the game at the University of Maine in Orono Saturday.  Buy Photo
The Black Bears' Mike Moloney (right) battles for the ball with UMBC's Levi Houapeu during the first half of the game at the University of Maine in Orono Saturday. Buy Photo

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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