The UMBC men's soccer team (4-2-0) travels to the new Ridley Athletic Complex Md. to take on local rival Loyola on Wednesday, Sept. 22. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. as the nightcap of a soccer doubleheader between UMBC and Loyola. The women's teams will take the field at 5:00 p.m.
UMBC posted come-from-behind victories in the 2-1 home win over La Salle on Sept. 15 and the 3-2 victory at Mount St. Mary's on Sept. 18. The Retrievers trailed the Mount, 2-0, at halftime and rallied to win from a two-goal deficit for the first time since a 4-3 overtime win (they trailed 3-1) over Coastal Carolina on Oct. 11, 1997. The last time they won in 90 minutes after trailing by two goals occurred a year earlier when they erased a 2-0 deficit at Winthrop and defeated the Eagles, 4-3, on Oct. 21, 1996.
The offensive heroes for UMBC were senior forward Levi Houapeu (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill) and freshman reserve forward Pete Caringi III (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall). Houapeu scored the game-tying goal and Caringi added the game-winner vs. Mount St. Mary's, after Caringi had the game-tying tally and Houapeu the winner in the 2-1 overtime victory over La Salle.
A Glance at the Greyhounds: - Phil Bannister netted two goals but they were not enough to give the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team a win against cross-town rival Towson on Sept. 19, as the Greyhounds fell, 3-2. Loyola falls to 1-3-1 on the year. Bannister has three of the five Loyola tallies this season. The Greyhounds opened the season with a scoreless draw at Campbell, then dropped the home opener, 3-1, to Willam & Mary. After posting their first win, a 2-1 decision over visiting Quinnipiac, Loyola fell, 3-0, to Maryland at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The Apple Does Not Fall Far: For the second time in the first three weeks of league awards, Caringi was named America East Conference Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week. Though six games, Caringi has four goals in 207 minutes of action in his initial season and was a +4 (5 UMBC goals scored, 1 allowed) when he was on the field this week.
Caringi is second in America East in goals per game (0.67), trailing only Houapeu, who averages 1.0 goal per game through six contests. The first-year player is tied for 21nd in the country with four goals scored.
The son of UMBC Head Coach Pete Caringi, Jr. also captured the award on Sept. 7, 2010.
The Levi is Not Dry: Houapeu now has six goals in six games this season and became the 11th player in school history to amass 25 career goals. He has 66 career points (25-16-66) and has moved into a tie for tenth place on UMBC's all-time scoring list. The nation's leading scorer in 2009 is ranked in several NCAA statistical categories.
Points Per Game 9th (2.17) Total Points 5th (13)
Goals Per game 4th (1.0) Total Goals 3rd (6)
The last player to hit the 25-goal plateau was Derek McElligott, who did so in the 2003 season and finished his career with 47 tallies.
Bullish on Bulls: For the second time this season, junior forward Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) posted two assists in a game, helping out on UMBC's first two goals vs. the Mount. He also had two assists in the opener vs. VMI. He has six assists on the campaign, which is the second-best figure in the nation. His 1.0 assists per game is 3rd as of games ending Sept. 19. The preseason Hermann Award candidate now has 19 career assists, moving into a tie for eighth place on the school's all-time list. His 67 career point total (24-19-67) moves him into ninth place on UMBC's all-time scoring list.
Player Notes: Junior midfielder Nirav Kadam (Germantown, Md./Northwest/UNCG), who did not play at Mount St. Mary's (injury) is ninth in the nation in assists per game (0.8) and tenth in total assists (4).
Senior defender Chris Williams (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) got the UMBC rally started with his first goal of the season in the 53rd minute vs. the Mount. The Retriever central defender has one goal in each of his four campaigns.
Junior goalkeeper Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del/Concord/U. Virginia) played the final 45 minutes at Mount St. Mary's and earned his first win in the UMBC cage.
Team Notes: UMBC is ranked 15th in the nation in scoring with 2.5 goals per game. The 15 goals scored is 12th in the country through games of Sept. 19.
The Retrievers are 3-0-0 at home this season and have won 13 consecutive September home games dating back to 2007.
The last time UMBC recorded back-to-back come-from-behind wins was early in the 2000 season, when they rallied to defeat Holy Cross (4-3, 2ot) and Delaware (2-1, 2ot) on Sept. 3 and Sept. 6.
The Series: Tonight's match will be only the sixth meeting between UMBC and Loyola since 1990. Loyola leads the overall series, 18-2-2, but the Retrievers have won two of the last three, triumphing in 2003 (2-1 at Towson University) and 2009 (1-0 at UMBC Stadium). UMBC is winless in its history in games played at Loyola, including an 0-3-0 mark since 1986, the school's first Division I campaign.
Last Year's Match: Andrew Bulls scored on a free kick in the 44th minute and netminder Phil Saunders (Perry Hall/Perry Hall) made three outstanding saves in the final two minutes as UMBC (8-0-0) edged Loyola (3-3-2), 1-0, on Sept. 22 before 1,505 fans at UMBC Stadium.
Next Up: UMBC will play its third consecutive road game on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. when they take on former Northeast Conference foe Fairleigh Dickinson.