The UMBC men's soccer team (1-0-1) plays its third consecutive and most highly-regarded Northeast Conference opponent when the Retrievers entertain Fairleigh Dickinson (2-0-0) on Saturday, Sept. 3. The contest is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park and is part of the UMBC/Navy Holiday Inn Express BWI Classic. The Retrievers drew with St. Francis (N.Y.), 0-0, on Thursday, while FDU nipped Navy, 1-0, in Annapolis.
TOP DOGS: Pete Caringi, Jr. has signed a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2015-16 academic year.
The Retriever mentor enters his 21st season as bench boss in 2011. He celebrated year No. 20 with aplomb, leading the Retrievers to an America East title and past No. 10 Princeton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. UMBC finished the campaign with the 25th-high RPI out of 204 Division I teams in the nation.
Caringi has the most victories of any soccer coach in school history and his 213 wins are the third-most of any Retriever mentor. He captured his 200th victory on the UMBC sidelines in the America East semifinal win at UNH on Nov. 11, 2009.
Caringi has 15 winning seasons in his twenty campaigns at UMBC heading into 2011. His all-time mark at UMBC is 213-131-42 (.606). In 29 years as a collegiate coach, he has never suffered back-to-back sub-.500 seasons.
Moreover, Anthony Adams has been promoted to the position of associate head coach. The Retriever alum ('97) enters his 15th year as Caringi's top assistant.
On five occasions, Adams has been named one of the nation's top assistant coaches byCollege Soccer News. He earned his fifth accolade after the 2010 season and in 2003, he was one of 27 college coaches in the nation to be honored as an Assistant Coach of the Year by AFLAC.
Bullish on Bulls: In 2010, senior forward Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) became the third Retriever to earn multiple America East First Team honors, duplicating his 2009 citation. He also earned NSCAA All Northeast Region Second Team honors. Bulls set an America East Conference all-time record with 15 assists-eight players, including Levi Houapeu, held the previous mark of 13. He finished third in the nation in assists (15) and assists per game (0.75) and his 15 helpers represent the second-best single season in school history.
Bulls became the first player in school history to record 25 goals (28) and 25 assists (29) in a career. His 85 career points are fifth on the Retriever all-time list- he stands just two points behind Houapeu and would need 22 more points in 2011 to become UMBC's all-time leading scorer at the NCAA Division I level.
The three-time America East First Team honoree finished second in the nation in scoring in 2009 with 2.05 points per game, recording 15 goals and adding 11 assists.
Bulls has been named to the 2011 College Soccer News Third-Team Preseason All-America squad. He has previously earned a high honor from College Soccer News, cited as a Third-Team All-American after his stellar 2009 campaign.
Moreover, Bulls was selected to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List for the 2011 season. He is one of 42 players in the country to be listed and this marks the second consecutive year that the Retriever standout has recognized among the nation's top players.
Finally, the Retriever senior is among 25 men named to Soccer America's Preseason All-American squad.
Update: Bulls assisted on Jordan Becker's game-winning goal in the 59th minute of play as UMBC edged Mount St. Mary's, 1-0, in the opener on Aug. 27. The assist was the 29th of Bulls' career, surpassing James Hamilton, who recorded 28 from 1998-2001.
GOLDEN GLOVES, PART II: Senior netminder Dan Louisignau was tabbed Second-Team All-Conference by the America East coaches in 2010. He finished the year second in the conference in goals against average (0.87), save percentage (.845) and saves per game (4.73). Louisignau's 84.5 save percentage was tenth-best in the nation.
In the 1-0 win over Mount St. Mary's, Louisignau posted his sixth career shutout in 14 starts for the Retrievers. He added No. 7 in his 71-minute blanking of St. Francis-N.Y.
THE APPLE DOES NOT FALL FAR: Caringi (the player) was named to the America East Conference All-Rookie team and Second-Team All-Conference by the America East coaches in 2010. He was first UMBC freshman to be named to one of the all-conference teams (first or second) since Matt Watson was selected in 2004.Caringi tied for fourth in the America East Conference with 17 points and tied for fifth with six goals.
HONORED: Freshman forward Jordan Becker (Pocomoke City, Md./Pocomoke) was named America East Conference Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week for games ending Aug. 28. Becker scored the lone goal as the Retrievers edged visiting Mount St. Mary's, 1-0, in the opening game for both teams. The former Pocomoke High School standout was the lone UMBC freshman to earn starting nod in his first intercollegiate contest.
OTHER PLAYER NOTES: Sophomores Stephen Ho and Spencer Williams and freshmen Joseph Glos and Michael DiCesare joined Becker in making their intercollegiate debuts vs. Mount St. Mary's… Becker, Glos and Caringi had two shots apiece in the game, but junior midfielder Dave Vaeth led the hosts with three… 17 players saw action for the Retrievers vs. Mount St. Mary's… Glos earned his first collegiate start vs. St. Francis-N.Y.
TEAM NOTES: The draw with St. Francis-N.Y. extended UMBC's unbeaten streak to 11, dating back to Oct. 15 of last season…UMBC has not allowed a goal in 340 minutes since permitting a first-half tally to Princeton in the NCAA First Round game in 2010.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC won the first-ever meeting between the two squads, 4-0, in 1994, but are winless (0-6-3) in the last nine meetings. Six of those games went to overtime, with the Retrievers dropping three of those decisions.
In the first meeting since 2002, visiting UMBC dropped a 2-1 decision at Fairleigh Dickinson on Sept. 26 of last season.
Levi Houapeu's successful penalty kick occurred in the 56th minute and shaved the FDU lead to 2-1. However, the Retrievers were unable to put any additional shots on goal and had their two-game winning streak halted.
A GLANCE AT THE KNIGHTS: The Fairleigh Dickinson men's soccer team started its 2011 season in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 overtime victory at home versus NJIT on Aug. 27. With 1:11 left in the first overtime period, sophomore Jonathan Gonzalez found the back of the net off a beautiful corner kick by Anders Vest-Hansen. In first half action, juniorAntony Moore who was making his Knights' debut, scored his first goal in a Knights uniform nearly 18 minutes into the game to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
FDU improved to 2-0-0 by virtue of a 1-0 win at Navy on Thursday evening. Fairleigh Dickinson scored the only goal of the game in the 29th minute when Liam Cahill took a one-touch pass from Jonathan Gonzalez and chipped a shot into the top left corner for a 1-0 Knights' advantage.
The Knights were picked to finish the 2011 season in second place, selected by the Northeast Conference (NEC) Coaches in a preseason poll. The Knights(5-3-2 NEC, '10) will look to build off last year's late run in which they went 4-1-2 to wrap up a 9-7-2 campaign. Six starters return from the 2010 squad.