Baltimore, Md.--UMBC men's soccer is off to a fast start in 2017, and will look to move to 3-0 on the year as they travel to Villanova for their first road contest of the season. The Retrievers are coming off a 3-0 victory against Howard on Monday, that saw the Bison score two own goals, and sophomore Colin Weyant (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) netting his first goal of the season.
Villanova Match Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (2-0) at Villanova Wildcats (0-2)
Where: Higgins Soccer Complex - Villanova, Pa.
When: Saturday, September 2 - 1:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Video ($$) and Live Stats at Villanova.com
Social Media: @UMBCMensSoccer, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEMSOC
Scouting the Retrievers (2-0):
-UMBC is coming off a 3-0 victory against Howard on Monday night at Retriever Soccer Park. The Retrievers got a pair of Bison own goals, along with a goal from Colin Weyant in the win. UMBC outshot Howard 20-4 as they move to 2-0 on the year.
-Weyant and junior Kyle Saunderson (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) lead the team with one goal each. Weyant has an assist to lead the team with three points. Sophomore Tre McCalla (Toronto, Ontario) leads the Retrievers with six shots in 2017.
-Freshman Ciaran O'Loughlin (Birkenhead, England) has started and played every minute in both games this year, not giving up a goal with six saves.
Scouting the Wildcats (0-2):
-The Wildcats come into the match at 0-2 on the year, falling to #13 Virginia in overtime (3-2) and most recently Temple on Tuesday (1-0). Last year Villanova finished 10-8-3 overall, losing to Akron in the NCAA Tournament.
-Lucas Hodges and Luca Mellor each scored against Virginia to lead the team with two points. Hodges leads the squad with seven shots, putting four on goal. Both Yusuf Cueceoglu and Nikkye DePoint have an assist on the year.
-Will Steiner has seen every minute in net for Villanova, giving up four goals for a goals against average of 1.85. He has made ten saves, stopping 71.4 percent of shots faced.
-UMBC and Villanova will be meeting for the second time in the all-time series. The only other meeting was in 1989 in Philadelphia.
-In that contest, the Wildcats took down the Retrievers, 3-2.Â
Record Breaking Crowd:
-A record setting crowd of 2,873 came out to watch UMBC take down Howard on August 28. Several fans and students came and settled into the bleachers and filled the hill to watch UMBC move to 2-0 on the year.
-UMBC will have the week off before heading out to New Jersey to take on Monmouth. Kickoff with the Hawks is set for 7 p.m. in West Long Branch.