Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC men's soccer hits the road for the first of their final two road contests of the year at Vermont on Saturday night. The Retrievers are coming off a 1-1 tie to Delaware this past Tuesday. Junior David Harris (Waimanalo, Hawaii/Reservoir (Md.)) netted his first collegiate goal to move UMBC to 7-3-4, 2-1-1 AE on the year.
Vermont Match Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (7-3-4, 2-1-1 AE) at Vermont Catamounts (8-6-0, 3-1-0 AE)
Where: Virtue Field – Burlington, Vt.
When: Saturday, October 21 – 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video available at UVMAthletics.com
Social Media: @UMBCMensSoccer, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEMSOC
Scouting the Retrievers (7-3-4, 2-1-1 AE):
-UMBC enters the weekend matchup at 7-3-4, 2-1-1 in the America East after tying Delaware 1-1 on Tuesday. After being down 1-0, UMBC clawed back with a goal by David Harris, his first collegiate goal to force the draw.
-Gregg Hauck (Linthicum, Md./North County), Sammy Kahsai (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) and Kyle Saunderson (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) lead the Retriever offense with four goals each. Hauck and Kahsai have added two assists for ten points. In all, ten different Retrievers have scored this season.
-Freshman goalkeeper Ciaran O'Loughlin (Birkenhead, England) has played and started in every match in 2017, giving up just 16 goals for a goals against average of 1.12. He has made 47 saves with four shutouts on the year.
Scouting the Catamounts (8-6-0, 3-1-0 AE):
-Vermont comes into the weekend on a two-game win streak, most recently defeating UMass Lowell 2-1 last Saturday. The Catamounts went ahead 2-0 early in the match and held on for the victory to move to 8-6-0, 3-1-0 AE.
-Geo Alves leads the team with eight goals and three assists for a team high 19 points. Justin Freitas is just behind Alves with four goals and three assists for 11 points.
-Aron Runarsson has seen the most action in the net for Vermont this year, holding a 5-4-0 record with two shutouts. He has given up 15 goals (1.53 GAA) making 35 saves (.700 save percentage).
-The Catamounts and Retrievers will be meeting for the 17th time in the all-time series, with Vermont leading 8-6-2. The Catamounts have gotten the better of the Retrievers in recent memory, winning the last three meetings.
-The last Retriever win came in the 2014 America East Tournament when UMBC won 3-1 at Retriever Soccer Park.
-UMBC staff, students and fans packed the bleachers and hill at Retriever Soccer Park on Tuesday, September 26 to watch No. 1 Maryland take on the Retrievers. A total of 3,766 fans saw the Retrievers and Terrapins finish in a 1-1 draw.
-The previous attendance record was set earlier this year, when 2,873 fans saw the Retrievers and Howard Bison battle on August 28.
No Back-to-Back for Caringi:
-With their tie against Delaware, UMBC has guaranteed a non-losing season for 2017. After going 5-9-3 last year, the Retrievers have already surpassed last year's win total. In his 26-plus seasons as head coach, Pete Caringi Jr. has never had back-to-back losing seasons.
-Senior midfielder Gregg Hauck has eclipsed the ten-goal mark for his career as a Retriever. Of the 11 goals that he has scored, nine of them have either been a game winner or game tying goal.
-The Retrievers will have the week off before heading to Hartford for a Saturday night matchup with the Hawks. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.