Men's Soccer Faces Tough Road Test at Towson on Wednesday Afternoon
The UMBC men's soccer team will seek to build on its 2-0-0 record as the Retrievers take on host Towson at the Towson Center Complex on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 4:00 p.m.
The Retrievers will play four of their next 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.
Four UMBC players earned All-Tournament Team honors. Senior defender Chris Williams(Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall), senior midfielder Levi Houapeu (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill), junior forward Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) and junior midfielder Nirav Kadam(Germantown, Md./Northwest/UNCG) 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.
In his first two UMBC appearances, Kadam led the Retrievers with 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. The preseason All American has 63 points in 39 career games, and needs one point to move into UMBC's all-time top ten.
Houapeu, the nation's leading scorer in 2009, scored his 20th career goal vs. VMI, then got the game-winner in the final minute of the first half vs. Wofford. He recorded five points in the tournament.
UMBC has won 13 consecutive games in the month of September, dating back to the 2008 season… The Retrievers have won 12 in a row at home in September, dating back to a draw with James Madison in the 2007 campaign
The Tigers are 2-0 with road victories at Mount St. Mary's (2-0) and St. Joseph's (3-2) last week… Newcomer Kay Banjo scored the game-winning goal on Sept. 5 vs. St. Joe's in the 78thminute… Towson scored both goals vs. the Mount while playing a man down.
UMBC holds a slight 12-11-3 series advantage over the Tigers after last season's 1-0 victory at UMBC Soccer Stadium… Bulls scored in the 39th minute off a free kick and Saunders made five saves to make the goal stand up in the Retriever victory… Towson won the previous meeting, a 2-1 decision at the Towson Center Complex, in 2008… Bulls also scored the lone UMBC goal in that contest… Today's match will be only the fourth meeting between Towson and UMBC since 1994... UMBC holds a 7-4-1 advantage in 12 meetings since 1986, when the Retrievers first earned NCAA Division I status.