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Men's Soccer to Face Delaware, St. Joseph's in Navy's Anders Soccer Classic
The UMBC men's soccer team will compete in this weekend's Anders Soccer Classic at the U.S. Naval Academy. The Retrievers (1-0-0) take on Delaware (0-1-0) on Friday, Sept. 4 at 5:00 p.m. and then face St. Joseph's (0-0-0, pre-tournament) on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 1:00 p.m. Both games are available on the Live Stats link.
A young UMBC squad takes the field in 2009 for the 43rd season of Retriever soccer. There is just one senior, Andrew Gillis, on the Ď09 roster, and a number of Coach Caringiís 10 first-year players could see significant playing time early in the campaign.
With the 3-1 win over Virginia Tech on Sept. 1, UMBC has won its last three four openers and is 17-2 under Pete Caringi in lid-lifters. The win also snapped a five-game losing streak to the Hokies and was UMBC first win over Tech in five meetings in
Forwards Andrew Bulls and Levi Houapeu recorded a goal and an assist apiece as UMBC bested visiting Virginia Tech, 3-1, before an impressive 1,105 fans at UMBC Soccer Stadium. Junior midfielder Sean Rothe scored in the 17th minute, posting his first goal since Oct. 23, 2007 (a span of 22 games), converting a free kick feed from Bulls. Bulls would convert passes from freshman midfielder Milo Kapor and Houapeu to score nearly 10 minutes later and Houapeuís 60-yard dash and goal from Andy Streilein in the 53rd minute gave the Retrievers a 3-0 advantage.
Freshman Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) earned the start in goal for UMBC and performed well, making three saves and punching several crosses away from danger.
Four freshmen were in the starting lineup vs. Virginia Tech. Saunders started in goal, Kapor started at midfield, while British natives Joe Green and Liam Paddock started on the back line.
In the Nets
It is not unusual for Pete Caringi to use a freshman goalkeeper extensively in his first season. In fact, Robbie Mamula (1989), C.J. Norton (1993), Soren Byskov (1997), Tom Wunk (1998), Brian Rowland (1999), and Steve King (2005) were all the teamís primary netminders in their freshman campaigns. But Phil Saunders became the first since Byskov to earn the opening day start in his freshman campaign.
Bullish on UMBC Soccer
Andrew Bulls led UMBC with eight goals in his freshman campaign and he earned America East Conference All-Rookie team recognition. He scored his ninth career goal vs. Virginia Tech and has tied senior Andrew Gillis as UMBCís active leader in goals scored. Bulls tied a career-best with a three-point game; he accomplished that in his collegiate debut a year ago in the 4-2 opening win over St. Maryís (
The Levi Was Not Dry
Levi Houapeu continued his torrid play from a hot summer with a career-high three-point game vs.Virginia Tech. Houapeu enjoyed a fantastic summer, as he was named to the First-Team All-Tournament in the United Soccer League's Super-20 Menís Tournament. Houapeu scored four goals in the tournament.
A Familiar Foe
Sophomore Andy Streilein is no stranger to the
This will be the fifth consecutive year that UMBC has participated in Navyís Anders Soccer Classic. The Retrievers have a record of 3-4-1 and won the classic title in 2007 with wins over Air Force and
This Weekendís Foes
UMBC leads the series with
The Retrievers own a 6-4-0 series advantage over
UMBC will host the seventh annual adidas Kick Off Classic on Thursday and Saturday, Sept. 10 and 12. The Retrievers host former Northeast Conference rivals St. Francis (