The UMBC men's soccer team (1-0-0) takes on the first of five 2009 NCAA College Cup opponents on Saturday, Sept. 4 when they entertain the Wofford Terriers (0-1-0) at UMBC Soccer Stadium. The opening kick-off is slated for 4:00 p.m. as UMBC celebrates US Youth Soccer Day.
NOTING THE RETRIEVERS
Despite the return of 11 starters to the UMBC lineup, it was a trio of newcomers that sparked the Retrievers' men's soccer team in a 5-3 victory over visiting VMI in the opening contest for both teams.
Junior transfer Nirav Kadam (UNCG) was named America East Player of the Game, scoring a goal and adding two assists. Senior transfer Danny Shannon (American U.) scored the game's first goal and added an assist, while freshman Pete Caringi III scored a pair of goals in his collegiate debut.
UMBC is now 18-2 in 20 season openers under head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. The Retrievers are 7-0-1 in their last eight home opening contests.
UMBC took a 3-0 halftime lead, and the Keydets did not close within a pair of goals during their three-goal second half.
UMBC has won 12 consecutive games in the month of September, dating back to the 2008 season.
The Retrievers have won 11 in a row at home in September, dating back to a draw with James Madison in the 2007.
Levi Houapeu's goal was the 20th of his career. His assist was No. 16, just one behind Ted Lawler ('98) for tenth place on UMBC's all-time assists list.
Andrew Bulls' two assists gave him 61 career points, three shy of tying Ty Engram ('99) for tenth place on UMBC's all-time points list.
Pete Caringi III's 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.
NOTING THE TERRIERS
Wofford won the Southern Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2009. The Terriers (12-3-3) dropped a 1-0 decision at No. 5 Cal-Santa Barbara in the first round of the NCAA College Cup.
Senior forward Wilson Hood led a balanced attack last season with seven goals and 16 points. Wofford only allowed 18 goals in 18 games last season.
The Terriers dropped a 3-1 decision at Navy on Thursday. Wofford got on the board first in the 14th minute when Hood barely got a head on a Bryan Eddy cross, but got enough of the ball to redirect it through traffic for a 1-0 Wofford lead. But Navy tied the game on a penalty kick at the final horn of the first half and tallied in the 56th and 66th minutes to prevail. Wofford outshot Navy, 11-10, and had eight corner kicks to Navy's zero.
INSIDE THE SERIES
This will be the first meeting between UMBC and Wofford.
UMBC travels across the beltway to take on Towson on Wed., Sept. 8 at 4:00 p.m.