The UMBC men's soccer team travels to Emmitsburg, Md. to take on a red-hot Mount St. Mary's team at Waldron Family Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18. Kick-off time for the 34th battle between the Retrievers and Mountaineers is set for 1:00 p.m.
UMBC (3-2-0) comes into the contest off an emotional 2-1 overtime victory vs. La Salle before 922 fans at UMBC Stadium on Wednesday evening. That triumph snapped a brief two-game losing streak for the Retrievers. After opening the season with losses to Towson (2-0) and Radford (3-2, ot), Mount St. Mary's (3-2-0) has reeled off three straight wins, including Tuesday's 2-0 win at Rider.
Senior forward Levi Houapeu (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill) scored with 22 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to give host UMBC a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over La Salle (0-3-1) at UMBC Stadium.
Houapeu's goal, his fifth of the young season, capped a Retriever comeback, as freshman forward Pete Caringi III (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) tied the game with 5:01 remaining.
Junior midfielder Nirav Kadam (Germantown, Md./Northwest/UNCG) drew assists on both goals and tied junior forward Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) for the team lead with four helpers through five games.
The Retrievers are 3-0-0 at home this season and have won 13 consecutive September home games dating back to 2007. UMBC opened the season with home wins vs. VMI (5-3) and Wofford (2-0) before setbacks at Towson (5-3) and Navy (2-0).
Houapeu and Bulls, who finished 1-2 in the nation in scoring in 2009, are amongst the nation's leaders early in 2010. Entering play this week, Houapeu is seventh in goals scored and 11th in total points, while Bulls is fourth in assists. UMBC is ranked 23rd as a team in scoring.
Bulls' and Houapeu's career stats are nearly identical. Bulls is now in tenth place on UMBC's all-time scoring list with 24 goals and 17 assists for 65 points, while Houapeu has 24 goals and 16 helpers for 64 points.
Ten Retrievers in school history have 25 or more goals. The last player to hit that plateau wasDerek McElligott, who did so in the 2003 season and finished his career with 47 tallies.
Chris Wheeler scored two goals to lead Mount St. Mary's past Rider 2-0 in non-conference men's soccer action on Tuesday. The Mountaineers have also posted victories over Howard (2-0) and George Washington (4-3).
After not scoring a goal in the season opener against Towson on Sept. 1, Wheeler has posted six goals in his last four games. The junior scored in the 14th and the 57th minute for his second multi-goal performance of the season and the fifth of his career. Wheeler now has 26 career tallies to notch the sixth-most goals in program history and the second most in the Mount Division I era.
UMBC has a six-game winning streak and 11-game unbeaten streak vs. Mount St. Mary's and the Retrievers lead the all-time series, 20-11-2. Houapeu converted on a penalty kick in the 77thminute as UMBC went to 5-0-0, edging Mount St. Mary's, 2-1, in the finale of the 2009 adidas Kick Off Classic at UMBC Soccer Stadium last September. Bulls scored his eighth goal of the season in the first half to deadlock the game at 1-1 after the Mount got on the board first when Wheeler's grazed header off Eric Detzel's free kick eluded UMBC netminder Phil Saunders(Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) in the 16th minute.
Bulls and senior midfielder Dustin Dzwonkowski (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) scored in UMBC's 2008 2-1 win at UMBC Soccer Stadium. Wheeler scored the Mount's goal to cut the 2-0 deficit in half, but UMBC held on for the victory. UMBC's last trip to Emmitsburg was in 2007, when the Retrievers prevailed, 3-0.
UMBC stays with the local theme on Wednesday when they travel into Baltimore to take on Loyola at 7:00 p.m.