The UMBC men's soccer team (4-2-0) will head to the Garden State to take on former rival Fairleigh Dickinson (3-3-0) on Sunday, Sept. 26 at University Field in Teaneck, N.J. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.
UMBC and Loyola (Md.) played 28 minutes of soccer on Wednesday, Sept. 22 before persistent lightning forced the delay and eventually the cancellation of the match at Loyola's Ridley Athletic Complex. Ironically, in 2008, those same two teams had a September match cancelled when torrential rain resulted in unplayable field conditions at UMBC Stadium.
UMBC had 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 Knights: FDU snapped a three-game slide with a 2-1 double overtime win at Temple on Sept. 19, then edged Yale, 1-0, in New Haven, Conn. On Sept. 24. Sophomore midfielder Dominic Reinold scored all three Knights'goals in the wins,including the game-winner in the first minute of the second overtime period vs, Temple.
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: The Knights had the Retrievers' number during a hotly-contested series when both were members of the Northeast Conference from 1998-2002. FDU holds a 5-1-3 series lead, with six games ending in extra time. From 2000-02, the Knights ousted UMBC from the NEC Tournament, wresting the title away from UMBC in 2000 and winning semifinal matches in 2001 and 2002.
Next Up: UMBC opens America East Conference play at home on Saturday, Oct. 2, when they host Binghamton. Kick-off time is set for 1:00 p.m. Retriever Men's Soccer will honor the 1991 team, head coach Pete Caringi's first squad, as the Retriever mentor celebrates his 20th season at UMBC. That team went 15-5-1.