The UMBC men's soccer team (6-3-2, 1-0-2) will compete before a national television audience for the first time in school history as they host the Boston University Terriers in an America East Conference contest on Friday, Oct. 15 at UMBC Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by Fox Soccer Channel,with Dave Johnson and Steve Bell on the call and is also available at umbcretrievers.tv with Paul Mittermeier and Andrew Primrose describing the action. Kick-off time is set for UMBC's Homecoming Game is 8:05 p.m.
The Retrievers are in the midst of a season-high four-game unbeaten streak and is coming off a 3-1 win at Albany on Oct. 13. The Terriers have won five straight games, including a 2-0 home shutout of Vermont on the same day.
Senior forward Levi Houapeu scored a pair of goals and freshman back Daniel Welsh recorded his first collegiate goal as UMBC defeated Albany (4-8-0, 0-3-0), 3-1, at Varsity Field. UMBC won for the first time in four tries at Albany and is 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 75rh minute, but the Bearcats countered seven minutes later. Senior midfielder Levi 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 the two America East matches, UMBC posted an impressive 2-1 win at defending Patriot League champion Bucknell on Oct. 5. Senior Chris Williams and freshman Pete Caringi III 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.
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 freshman reserve forward Pete Caringi III. 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 Terriers: Boston U. has won five straight, outscoring its foes, 11-2, in that stretch. Junior Stephen Knox recorded two assists to propel the Boston University men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Vermont on Wednesday night at Nickerson Field. Classmate Ben Berube continued his hot play with his fifth-straight game-winning goal. Berube and Aaron O'Neal led the Terriers with six goals apiece.
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 25th in the nation and tied for second in America East in goals per game (0.6). He has scored goals in four of his last seven outings and was credited with his second GWG at Bucknell.
The Levi is Not Dry: Houapeu now has nine goals in 11 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 13th (1.7) Goals Per game 14th (0.7)
The two-goal effort by Houapeu 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.
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. 5 spot in the nation in assists 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.
Player Notes: Junior midfielder Nirav Kadam is 14th the nation in assists per game (0.56). He posted his first point since the La Salle game on Sept. 15 with the primary assist on Caringi's GWG at Bucknell.
Senior Chris Williams got the UMBC rally started with his first goal of the season in the 53rd minute vs. the Mount. Williams played exclusively in the backfield for his first 59 career games, but has played in the midfield in UMBC's last four 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 3-0-2 with a 1.10 goals against average, but has allowed only three goals in his last 445 minutes of action (0.61 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 King posted 12 at Virginia Tech on Oct. 14, 2008.
Team Notes: UMBC is 31st 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.
The Retrievers are 3-0-1 at home this season and have won 13 consecutive September home games dating back to 2007. They have a current five-game home unbeaten streak and are 11-2-1 in their last 14 home matches.
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. UMBC has scored the first goal in its last three decisions.
The Series: The series is squared at 3-3-1 and 1-1-1 in Baltimore. Last season, Houapeu scored the game-tying goal (71') and senior midfielder Dustin Dzwonkowksi got the GWG five minutes later as UMBC rallied for a 2-1 at Nickerson Field in Boston. The Terriers captured a 3-0 win in Baltimore on the drenched, wind-swept turf of UMBC Soccer Stadium in October of 2008.
Next Up: UMBC plays its final non-conference game of the season on Wed., Oct. 20 when they take on national power Penn State (7:00 p.m.) in University Park, Pa.