The UMBC men's soccer team will try to recapture its winning ways as the Retrievers (2-2-0) entertain the La Salle Explorers (0-2-1) on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at UMBC Stadium. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. and live video streaming is available at www.umbcretrievers.tv. It is Residential Life Night at UMBC Stadium. The first 300 students in attendance will receive Retriever Rally Towels and there will be a raffle and a floor attendance contest for Chick-Fil-A specials.
Head Coach Pete Caringi will talk about tonight's game with Drew Forrester on "The Comcast Morning Show" at WNST (AM 1570,www.wnst.net) at 9:05 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Discounted tickets are available for the contest on the station's website.
NOTING THE RETRIEVERS
The Retrievers dropped two road decisions, falling at Towson, 5-3, on Sept. 8, and losing a 2-0 decision at Navy on Sept. 11...Senior midfielder Levi Houapeu leads UMBC and the America East Conference with nine points (4g, 1a) on the season... Junior attackers Nirav Kadam (2g, 2a) and Andrew Bulls (1g, 4a) each have six points through three games...The two-goal effort by Houapeu against Towson was the fourth multi-goal game of his career and his 11th multiple-point effort, all coming in the past two seasons (23 games)... He now has 23 career goals, 16 assists for 62 points... Bulls, who scored his first goal of the season against the Tigers, to go along with four assists in the first two games of the campaign, now has 65 career points (24-17-65) and is tenth on UMBC's all-time scoring list... His next goal will be his 25th and he will join 10 other Retrievers with 25 or more career goals... Due to an injury suffered in the first half at Towson on Wednesday, senior captain John Paul Waraksa saw his streak of 22 consecutive starts in games he had dressed for come to an end. The outstanding defensive midfielder did not appear in the contest at Navy...The Retrievers have won 12 in a row at home in September, dating back to a draw with James Madison in the 2007 campaign.
AT IT AGAIN: Houapeu and Bulls, who finished 1-2 in the nation in scoring in 2009, are amongst the nation's leaders early in 2010. 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.
ON THE TURF: UMBC won both its home night games at UMBC Stadium last season, besting Loyola (1-0) and Stony Brook (2-0) under the lights. Prior to last season, the Retrievers had not played on the turf at home since the 2005 season.
NOTING THE EXPLORERS
La Salle dropped its first two games, a 3-1 decision vs. Bucknell, and a 5-0 setback at Penn, before getting a result (0-0 double OT draw) at Lehigh on Saturday. Sophomore Glenroy Chapman has scored the lone Explorer goal to date... The Explorers outshot Lehigh, 17-15, with a 10-2 advantage on shots on goal, but Hawk goalkeeper Jonathan Nydell made all 10 saves in the 110-minute contest. Freshman John McCarthy earned the start in goal, making two saves in his first collegiate shutout.
INSIDE THE SERIES
UMBC is 5-1-0 vs. La Salle. Andrew Bulls scored a pair of first half goals as UMBC defeated La Salle, 3-0, in Philadelphia last September. Bulls also scored the lone goal against the Explorers in a 1-0 win at UMBC Soccer Stadium in 2008.