Baltimore, Md.—UMBC men's soccer looks to win their third straight when they travel to George Washington on Saturday afternoon. The Retrievers are coming off a huge 3-1 upset of #19 West Virginia on Wednesday. Junior Kyle Saunderson (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) scored twice with freshman Matt Bailey (Stevensville, Md./Saints Peter and Paul) providing two assists in the win.
George Washington Match Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (4-1-0) at George Washington Colonials (2-3-0)
Where: Mount Vernon Athletic Complex – Washington, D.C.
When: Saturday, September 16 – 2:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video ($$) and live stats available at GWSports.com
Scouting the Retrievers (4-1-0):
-UMBC enters the weekend meeting at 4-1-0 on the year, winners of three straight. Most recently the Retrievers knocked off #19 West Virginia 3-1 on Wednesday at Retriever Soccer Park. Junior Kyle Saunderson scored twice while classmate James Gielen (Edgewater, Md./DeMatha) added a goal in the victory. Freshman Matt Bailey added two assists while sophomore Jon Bell (Silver Spring, Md./Richard Montgomery) had a helper on Wednesday.
-Saunderson leads the team with six points, scoring three goals during the season. Sophomore Colin Weyant (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) is second on the team with a goal and an assist for three points. Gregg Hauck (Linthicum, Md./North County), Sammy Kahsai (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern), Cormac Noel (Todmorden, England), Gielen, and Tom Paul (Stalybridge, Cheshire, England) have also found the back of the net for UMBC.
-Freshman Ciaran O'Loughlin (Birkenhead, England) has started every game in net for the Retrievers, allowing just six goals (1.36 GAA) and making 15 saves (.714) with two shutouts.
Scouting the Colonials (2-3-0):
-The Colonials are coming off a 3-1 victory at Navy on Wednesday night in Annapolis. The Midshipmen got out front 1-0 in the first half, before the Colonial offense ripped off three second half goals to earn their second victory in 2017.
-Oscar Haynes Brown leads the offense with a pair of goals and one assist for a team best five points. Brady O'Connor and Dylan Lightbourn are the only other Colonials to score goals this year, putting two in the back of the net each.
-Thor Arne Hofs has played every minute in goal for the Colonials, allowing ten goals for a 2.00 goals against average making 19 saves with one shutout.
-The Retrievers and Colonials will be meeting for the 18th time in the all-time series, with UMBC holding a 10-4-3 advantage.
-UMBC has the last seven meetings dating back to 1998. Last year the Retrievers knocked off the Colonials 2-1 in Baltimore on the school's 50th celebration. GW took a 1-0 lead into the break, before Sammy Kahsai (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) tied it in the 81st minute and Tyler Ward (Atlanta, Ga./Mill Creek) won it with seconds remaining in overtime.
Retrievers in the Rankings:
-The Retrievers have found success on both the offensive and defensive ends this year. The team is fourth in the nation in corner kicks per game, averaging just over nine per contest. UMBC also ranks shots per game (16.60).
-In the America East, the Retrievers are at the top of the conference in several statistical categories. UMBC ranks first in corner kicks per game (8.80), shots per game (16.60) and shots on goal per game (7.40).
Caringi Hits Milestone:
-Head coach Pete Caringi Jr. recorded his 450th career victory on Wednesday in a 3-1 victory against #19 West Virginia. The Retriever head coach is in his 27th season with UMBC, having coached a total of 37 years in college soccer.
-Caringi has a record of 280-165-65 in 27 years in Baltimore.
-UMBC will return to Baltimore to begin a four-game home stand at Retriever Soccer Park. The Retrievers will take on local-rival Navy at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20 on Hometown Heroes Night.