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Men's Soccer Goes for Seventh Straight Win vs. Tough Drexel Squad on Saturday Afternoon
The UMBC men’s soccer team (6-0-0) faces a tough task on Saturday as they attempt to win a school-record seven straight games to start a season. The Retrievers host Drexel (4-1-0) at 1:00 p.m. at UMBC Soccer Stadium and the Dragons are 3-0-0 on the road this season and are 4-0-1 in five previous meetings against UMBC.
UMBC sophomore forward Andrew Bulls scored in 39th minute and freshman goalkeeper Phil Saunders made a couple of key stops down the stretch as the Retrievers improved to 6-0-0 with a 1-0 victory over local foe Towson (3-2-0) at UMBC Soccer Stadium.
Bulls, who entered the week as the nation’s leading scorer with 4.0 points per game, netted his ninth goal of the season and his fifth game-winning goal. UMBC tied a school Division I record with the 6-0-0 start, knotting the 1999 squad, which produced the nation’s best record of 19-1-2 ten years ago.
UMBC, which entered the game as the nation’s second-highest scoring team with 3.8 goals per game, managed just three first half shots against the Tigers, but the third found the net. Bulls was fouled 23 yards from the cage and his ensuing free kick went to the right of the four-man wall and just inside the right post, bouncing out of the reach of Towson netminder John Steele.
The Tigers would apply pressure late in the game and had two good opportunities in the closing minutes. Saunders knocked senior forward Tommy Appel-Schumacher’s header from close range over the cage in the 85th minute, and posted his second shutout of the season.
Bulls has scored goals in all six UMBC games to date and surpassed his team-leading total of eight goals in the 2008 season… He now has two goals in two career games vs.
National Leaders: (as of Sept. 13, 2009)
Scoring Offense: 2. UMBC 3.8 goals per game (1.
Points per game: 1. Andrew Bulls, 4.0 ppg; 3. Levi Houapeu, 3.2 ppg
Goals per game: 2. Andrew Bulls, 1.6 gpg (1. Matt Eliason 1.75 gpg)
7. Levi Houapeu, 1.0 gpg
Assists per game: 4. Levi Houapeu 1.2 apg (1. Bryan Burke, San Fran., 1.33 apg)
12. Andrew Bulls, 0.8 apg
Drexel holds a 4-0-1 series advantage over UMBC. Today’s meeting will be the first between the two teams in
Drexel is off to a strong 4-1-0 start, including a 3-0 record on the road. Senior midfielder Fabio Assumpção leads DU with three goals and eight points on the campaign. Freshman Malcolm LeBourne scored his first two career goals in Wednesday’s 2-0 win vs.
For the second consecutive year, UMBC won both games in its adidas Kick-Off Classic, but placed second to Navy… The Mids also defeated Mount St. Mary’s and St. Francis and allowed only one goal, compared to two allowed by the Retrievers… Nevertheless, UMBC’s 6-0-0 start is its best since the 1999 season, when the Retrievers opened at 6-0-0 before a 1-1 tie vs. Fairleigh Dickinson… That 1999 team would not lose (19-1-2) until an NCAA First Round setback (4-3 in overtime) at top-ranked Duke…
Junior forward Levi Houapeu converted on a penalty kick in the 77th minute as UMBC (5-0-0) edged Mount St. Mary’s (1-3-0), 2-1, in the finale of the tournament… Sophomore forward Andrew Bulls scored his eighth goal of the season in the first half and earned the tournament’s Most Valuable Player honors… Bulls has already surpassed his season total of a year ago with nine goals and 22 points… He became the first player in school’s Division I history to score nine goals in the first six games of a season… The NSCAA Player of the Week (Sept. 8) posted his third consecutive two-goal game in the 3-1 win over St. Francis (PA)… Bulls was named America East Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for games ending Sept. 13, 2009, earning the league’s top honor for the second consecutive week. He also was named to Soccer
Houapeu, who also earned All-Tournament team honors, assisted on all three UMBC in the 3-1 win over St. Francis (