Four Retrievers Named To Kick-Off's All-Tournament Team
Four UMBC players earned All-Tournament Team honors in this weekend's UMBC/Navy Kick-Off Men's Soccer Tournament.
Senior defender Chris Williams (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall), senior midfielder Levi Houapeu(Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill), junior forward Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) and junior midfielder Nirav Kadam (Germantown, Md./Northwest/UNCG) were named to the 12-man team as the Retrievers captured wins over VMI (5-3) and Wofford (2-0).
Navy earned the tournament title with wins over Wofford (3-1) and VMI (5-0) and a goal differential of +7. Mids Dave Arnold, Sam Lepley, Alex Foskett and Martin Sanchez represented their side on the all-tourney team.
Wofford placed goalkeeper Andrew Drennan and Bryan Eddy on the all-tournament team, while VMI's Matt Seinfeld and Brandon Gary also earned the honor.
In his first two UMBC appearances, Kadam led the Retrievers with a pair of goals and two assists in the two games. He was credited with the game-winning goal vs. VMI and added the insurance marker in the 78th minutes vs. Wofford.
Houapeu scored a goal in each game and had the game-winner vs. Wofford, scoring the game's first goal with 56 seconds remaining in the first half.
Bulls assisted on all four goals that UMBC scored while he was on the field. The preseason All American has 63 points in 39 career games, and needs one point to move into UMBC's all-time top ten.
Williams piloted the Retriever defense as they posted a shutout over the 2009 Southern Conference champions. He added a secondary assist on the insurance goal vs. the Terriers.
Notes: UMBC has won 13 consecutive games in the month of September, dating back to the 2008 season… The Retrievers have won 12 in a row at home in September, dating back to a draw with James Madison in the 2007 campaign… UMBC will play its first road game of the season on Wednesday, Sept. 8 when they travel across the beltway to take on Towson.