Paolo Primavera scored the equalizer for the Rams. (Photo courtesy of Fordham)
The Fordham University men’s 2-2 home draw with UMBC certainly was a game of two halves on Friday night.
All four goals were scored in the first half as the teams combined for 29 shots at Jack Coffey Field in the Bronx as there was no scoring in the final half.
UMBC (4-0-1) opened the scoring in the 13th minute, as shot by Spencer Hanks was blocked, with the rebound finding Taylor Calheira. Calheira put the rebound right back on frame deflecting off a Fordham player into the net for his fourth goal this season.
Fordham (2-1-2) answered in the 16th minute in a similar manner. Off a corner kick, Ben Shepherd found Daniel Espeleta for a shot that goalkeeper Quantrell Jones stopped, but Nathan Simes put home the rebound for his team-leading fourth goal.
The Retrievers regained the lead in the 22nd minute on an individual effort from Ryan Becher. Becher made a long run from the midfield and blasted a 30-yard shot, beating a diving keeper for his third goal.
The Rams battled back to knot the match at 2-2 in the 41st minute. Sebastian Fabrin played a long ball from the defensive half of the field to Espeleta on the right side. Espeleta crossed the ball to Paolo Primavera at the top of the box for the one-timer into the net for his first goal as a Ram.
Fordham goalkeeper Demetri Skoumbakis finished with three saves with Conrado Duhour being credited with a defender save late in the second half. Jones recorded five saves for UMBC, including tipping a shot by Timo Hummrich just over the bar in the 87th minute.
The Rams play at Loyola (Md.) on Monda at 4 p.m.