The UMBC men's soccer team (6-4-2) steps out of America East Conference play for the final time in 2010 as they will take on the host Penn State Nittany Lions in University Park, Pa. on Wednesday evening, Oct. 20. The first-ever contest between UMBC and PSU will be broadcast by the Big Ten Network on a delayed basis at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21.
This will be UMBC's second-ever contest vs. a Big Ten opponent. Wisconsin paid a visit to UMBC Soccer Stadium in 2001 and came away with a 4-2 victory over the Retrievers.
The Retrievers saw their season-high four-game unbeaten streak snapped on Friday night, Oct. 15, as the visiting Boston University Terriers blanked UMBC, 2-0. A record crowd of 2,781 packed UMBC Stadium, as the game was shown live on Fox Soccer Channel during UMBC's Homecoming weekend.
UMBC's previous record high was 1,505 fans who attended UMBC's home match vs. Loyola in 2009.
Senior forward Levi Houapeu scored a pair of goals and freshman back Daniel Welshrecorded his first collegiate goal as UMBC defeated Albany, 3-1, at Varsity Field on Oct. 13. UMBC won for the first time in four tries at Albany and was off to its best conference start (1-0-2) since 2005 when they opened at 3-0-0.
The Retrievers opened America East Conference play on Saturday, Oct. 2, drawing 1-1 in double overtime vs. Binghamton. Freshman Pete Caringi III scored his fifth goal of the season to give the Retrievers a 1-0 lead in the 75th minute, but the Bearcats countered seven minutes later. Hoaupeu had the best chance for either team in overtime, but his drive less than a minute into the first extra period was saved.
On Oct. 9, UMBC played the role of homecoming guest at New Hampshire and the two teams battled to a double overtime scoreless draw. Junior goalkeeper Dan Louisignau recorded five saves to post his first shutout in a UMBC uniform. It was UMBC's first scoreless tie since a 2008 deadlock at Maine.
Between those two America East matches, UMBC posted an impressive 2-1 win at defending Patriot League champion Bucknell on Oct. 5. Senior Chris Williams and Caringi provided the Retrievers with a 2-0 lead, before the Bison scored on a penalty kick in the 82nd minute to prevent the home shutout.
Bucknell had posted a 2-1 win at Penn State on Sept. 10.
A Glance at the Lions: Penn State is coming off a difficult week that featured a heart-wrenching and controversial double overtime loss to No. 1 Akron followed by a 600-mile road trip to Illinois resulting in a 1-1 draw with Northwestern. Junior forward Corey Hertzog scored both of the Lions' goals last week, including one against Akron, just the third goal the Zips have allowed this season. For his efforts, the nation's leader in goals (13) and points (30) was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the third time in his career.
Hertzog and Hoaupeu were teammates this summer with the Eastern Conference champion Reading United AC in the USL's Premier Development League.
The Apple Does Not Fall Far: Pete Caringi III has won a pair of America East Conference Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week awards (9/7, 9/20). He made his first official start at FDU, although he was in the starting lineup for the cancelled contest at Loyola. Though his first six games coming off the bench, Caringi had scored four goals in 207 minutes of action and was a +4 (5 UMBC goals scored, 1 allowed) when he was on the field in wins over La Salle and Mount St. Mary's. The Retriever freshman is tied for second in America East in goals per game (0.5). He has scored goals in four of his last eight outings and was credited with his second GWG at Bucknell.
The Levi is Not Dry: Houapeu now has nine goals in 12 games this season and became the 11th player in school history to amass 25 career goals. He has 74 career points (28-18-74) and has moved into eighth place on UMBC's all-time scoring list. The nation's leading scorer in 2009 was ranked in several NCAA statistical categories entering play this week.
Points Per Game: 12th (1.75) Goals Per game 9th (0.75)
Total Points: 12th (21) Total Goals: 10th (9)
The two-goal effort by Houapeu at Albany was the fifth multi-goal game of his career and first since scoring twice at Towson on Sept. 8The 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. He leads America East in goals/goals per game and points/points per game.
Bullish on Bulls:, Junior forward/midfielder Andrew Bulls has now posted two assists in a game on three occasions this season. He helped out on UMBC's first two goals vs. the Mount, had two assists in the opener vs. VMI and drew two assists in the 3-1 win at Albany on Oct. 13. He has ten assists on the campaign and held down the No.3 spot in the nation in assists (10) and assists per game (0.83) entering play this week. The preseason Hermann Award candidate now has 23 career assists, moving into second place on the school's all-time list. His 71 career point total (24-23-71) moves him into ninth place on UMBC's all-time scoring list.
Bulls leads America East in assists/assists per game.
Player Notes: Senior Chris Williams played exclusively in the backfield for his first 59 career games of his career, but has played in the midfield in UMBC's last five outings. He responded with UMBC's first goal of the contest at Bucknell and his five points this season (2-1-5) is a new personal best.
Junior goalkeeper Dan Louisignau recorded five saves at UNH on Oct. 9 to post his first shutout in a UMBC uniform as the Retrievers and Wildcats battled to a scoreless tie. Louisignau is 3-1-2 with a 1.24 goals against average, but has allowed only five goals in his last 535 minutes of action (0.84 gaa) since taking over the starting goalkeeping position. He made his first official career start on Oct. 2 vs. Binghamton and posted a team season-best nine saves. The nine saves was the most for a Retriever goalkeeper since Steve Kingposted 12 at Virginia Tech on Oct. 14, 2008.
Team Notes: UMBC is 37th in the nation in scoring, averaging 1.9 goals per game. The Retrievers were sixth in the nation in scoring in 2009, averaging 2.15 goals per contest. UMBC's 110-minute shutout of UNH was the squad's first clean slate since blanking Wofford, 2-0, on Sept. 4.
UMBC has a modest three-game road unbeaten streak (2-0-1) alive and is 3-3-1 away from UMBC this season.
With the back-to-back wins over La Salle and Mount St. Mary's, UMBC recorded back-to-back come-from-behind wins for the first time since 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.
Caringi's goal vs. Binghamton broke a streak of five straight contests in which UMBC has allowed the game's first goal.
The Retrievers 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 Houapeu and Caringi. 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.
The Series: This is the first meeting between UMBC and Penn State in the sport of men's soccer.
Next Up: UMBC returns home for a critical two-game America East homestand, entertaining Hartford on Saturday (1:00 p.m., UMBC Soccer Stadium) and Vermont on Wednesday, Oct. 27 (7:00 p.m., UMBC Stadium).