The UMBC men's soccer team (2-1-0) will try to rebound from its first setback of the year and will take on a torrid Navy (2-0-0) team at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility in Annapolis, Md. on Saturday, Sept. 11. The opening kick-off for the Retrievers' first night contest of the year is 8:00 p.m.
UMBC entered the week ranked No. 8 in the Northeast region, while Navy was ranked No. 7 in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Retrievers are in a stretch of playing four of five games on the road, all against local opponents.
UMBC opened the season with a pair of home wins in the UMBC/Navy Kick-Off Tournament last week. The Retrievers opened with a 5-3 win over VMI, then blanked defending Southern Conference champion Wofford, 2-0. But UMBC suffered its first September loss since 2008 when the host Towson Tigers defeated the Retrievers, 5-3 on Sept. 8.
Senior midfielder Levi Houapeu (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill) leads UMBC with nine points (4g, 1a) on the season. Junior attackers Nirav Kadam (Germantown, Md./Northwest/UNCG) andAndrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) 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, to go along with four assists, against the Tigers, 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.
Four UMBC players earned All-Tournament Team honors for last week's UMBC/Navy Kick-Off Tournament. Senior defender Chris Williams (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall), junior midfielder Nirav Kadam, (Germantown, Md./Northwest/UNCG) Bulls and Houapeu were named to the 12-man team..
UMBC freshman forward Pete Caringi III (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) was named America East Conference Men's Soccer Rookie-of-the-Week and Kadam was named to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Week.
The son of Retriever head coach Pete Caringi, Jr., scored a pair of goals in his collegiate debut, helping UMBC to a 5-3 victory over VMI on Sept. 2. His two-goal effort in his debut was the first since Matt Curran scored twice in a 10-0 season-opening rout of NJIT in 2004. The younger Caringi added the primary assist on Houapeu's first goal at Towson.
In his first two UMBC appearances, Kadam tallied 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 minute vs. Wofford.
Bulls assisted on all four goals that UMBC scored while he was on the field in the tournament.
UMBC had won 13 consecutive games in the month of September, dating back to the 2008 season. Ironically, the last September loss by UMBC also occurred at Towson (2-1) on Sept. 17, 2008.
The Retrievers have won 12 in a row at home in September, dating back to a draw with James Madison in the 2007 campaign.
Navy and UMBC have not competed since a scoreless draw played at UMBC in 2005. The Mids lead the overall series, 15-3-3 and are 10-3-3 vs. UMBC in NCAA Division I (1986) meetings. UMBC is 0-1-2 in its last three meetings vs. Navy, with the last win occurring in 1998, a 5-2 decision at home. The Retrievers' lone win (1-4-1 in Division I meetings) at Navy was a 2-1 triumph in 1993.
Navy defeated Wofford (3-1) and VMI (5-0) to open their season and have not played since Sept. 4. Freshman forward Dave Arnold (Mount St. Joseph) leads the squad with three goals, while freshman midfielder Patrick Sopko has a goal and three helpers. The Mids outscored the Terriers and Keydets, 6-0, in the second half of their triumphs.