Baltimore, Md.—UMBC men's soccer will continue their home stand with #12 Western Michigan on Saturday night at Retriever Soccer Park, the first of three straight against ranked teams. The Retrievers are coming off a 2-0 win against Navy on Wednesday night. Junior Patrick Jean-Gilles (Woodbridge, Va./South County) and sophomore Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) scored goals, with Pulliam adding an assist as UMBC improves to 5-1-1.
Western Michigan Match Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (5-1-1) vs. #12 Western Michigan Broncos (8-0-1)
Where: Baltimore, Md. – Retriever Soccer Park
When: Saturday, September 23 – 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video and live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com
Social Media: @UMBCMensSoccer, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEMSOC
Scouting the Retrievers (5-1-1):
-UMBC enters the match on a three-game unbeaten streak, taking down #19 West Virginia (3-1) and Navy (2-0), while tying George Washington 1-1 the past two weeks. Most recently, the Retrievers took down Navy 2-0 behind a pair of goals by Jean-Gilles and Pulliam. Pulliam added an assist on the Jean-Gilles goal, while James Gielen (Edgewater, Md./DeMatha) assisted on the Pulliam goal.
-Junior back Kyle Saunderson (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) leads the team with three goals and six points. Senior Gregg Hauck (Linthicum, Md./North County) has a pair of goals, leading the team with 19 shots on the year. A total of nine Retrievers have scored goals this year, with only Saunderson scoring multiple goals in one game.
-Freshman keeper Ciaran O'Loughlin (Brikenhead, England) has seen most of the action in net for the Retrievers, posting a 4-1-1 record with three shutouts. He has given up seven goals for a goals against average of 1.05, making 22 saves (.759 save percentage).
Scouting the Broncos (8-0-1):
-The Broncos head south to Baltimore at 8-0-1 on the year, ranked 12th in the country after taking down #22 Michigan on Wednesday, 1-0. The match was closely contested, with Kosti Moni breaking through in the 51st minute. Monti put home the corner kick by Ben Thornton that was headed by Jay McIntosh in the box.
-Brandon Bye leads the Bronco offense with 16 points, scoring six goals and adding four assists on the year. McIntosh is second on the team with ten points, recording a pair of goals and team best six assists in 2017. Thornton, Moni, Jake Rufe and Anthony Bowie has also scored multiple times for the Broncos.
-Drew Shepherd has played every minute in goal for Western Michigan, giving up just six goals for a goals against average of 0.65. He has made 13 saves with five shutouts on the year.
-UMBC and Western Michigan will be meeting for the first time on Saturday.
-The Retrievers have played a MAC team earlier this year in West Virginia, defeating the Mountaineers 3-1 on Wednesday, Sept. 13 in Baltimore. Overall, the Retrievers are 8-0-2 against MAC teams.
UMBC to Honor 1977 Team:
-The 1977 team was the only UMBC team to take home the Mason-Dixon Conference title and the first in program history receive a birth in the NCAA Tournament. Under head coach Ed Veit, the Retrievers went 15-2-0, led by Ray Ford, who led the team in goals during the '77 campaign and remains the program leader with 51 goals and 124 points in his career.
-The team would feature four UMBC Hall of Famers in Ray Ford, David Andrzejewski, Mike Woodard, and Steve Zerhusen. Ford and Zerhusen would go on to be named to the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame.
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 280-165-66 in 27 years in Baltimore.
UMBC in the Rankings:
-The Retrievers offense has been in peak form early in the 2017 season. UMBC is currently first in the country averaging 8.71 corner kicks per game. The team is also fifth in the nation in shots per game averaging 17.57 per contest while putting 7.71 of those shots on goal for tenth best nationally.
-All those figures are the top in the conference, while they rank second in the America East in total goals scored with 14. Only Albany has scored more goals than the Retrievers, netting 16 so far in 2017.
-UMBC will continue their home stand with a Tuesday night showdown with in-state rival #3 Maryland at Retriever Soccer Park. Kickoff with the Terrapins is set for 7 p.m. Fans can purchase ticket for that game at umbctickets.universitytickets.com.