Men's Soccer Rallies From Two-Goal Deficit to Defeat Mount St. Mary's, 3-2

Levi Houapeu scored his 25th career goal, tying the game at the Mount.
Levi Houapeu scored his 25th career goal, tying the game at the Mount.

Emmitsburg, Md.—The UMBC men's soccer team rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit and came away with a 3-2 victory over the Mountaineers at Waldron Family Stadium.

Senior forward Levi Houapeu (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill) and freshman reserve forward Pete Caringi III (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall)  were the offensive heroes for UMBC for the second time in four days. Houapeu scored the game-tying goal and Caringi added the game-winner in today's contest, after Caringi had the game-tying tally and Houapeu the winner in the 2-1 overtime victory over La Salle on Wednesday.

The Retrievers (4-2-0) earned their first road victory of the season and halted the Mount's (3-3-0) three-game winning streak.

The Mount took a 2-0 lead into intermission, scoring in the 34thminute and then getting the benefit of an own goal in the 40thminute.

But UMBC responded early in the second half, cutting the lead in half just 7:14 into the stanza. Senior Dustin Dzwonkowski (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) knocked sophomore Andrew Bulls' (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) free kick to the far post, where senior fullback Chris Williams (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) headed it home for his first goal of the season.

The Retrievers tied the score in the 63rd minute, as Houapeu converted another Bulls' free kick into the lower left side of the cage.  Houapeu now has six goals in six games this season and became the 11th player in school history to amass 25 career goals.

Bulls also initiated the game-winning goal by Caringi with 12:39 left on the clock. He got the ball to sophomore Milo Kapor (Woodbridge, Ont./Emily Carr), who served it and Caringi was able to convert for his fourth score of the campaign.

Junior netminder Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del/Concord/U. Virginia) got credit for his first UMBC victory, making one save in the final 45 minutes of action.

UMBC, which was missing the services of injured starters Nirav Kadam and Liam Paddock, used 19 players in the game.

The Retrievers extended their winning streak to seven and unbeaten streak to 12 vs. the Mount. They lead the all-time series, 21-11-2.

UMBC returns to action on Wednesday when they face another local rival on the road, taking on the Loyola Greyhounds at 7:00 p.m.

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