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Houapeu Posts Hat Trick as Retrievers Improve to School DI Record 7-0-0 With 3-0 Win Over Drexel
The team’s seven wins to start a season breaks the school Division I record of the 1999 team, which played Fairleigh Dickinson to a 1-1 draw in the seventh game of the season were 6-0-1 after seven games. That squad went on to the nation’s best record of 19-1-2.
“I could have never imagined that this team could put together this kind of amazing run,” head coach Pete Caringi said. “I like the way we are maturing and we have done a great job in taking things one day at a time. But never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that this would happen.”
Houapeu, who was held off the scoreboard for the first time this season in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over
In the 25th minute, Houapeu picked up an errant Drexel pass in their box, and quickly wheeled and again hit the right corner of the net, past Dragon netminder Tim Washam.
UMBC carried that 2-0 lead into the second half and took control from the outset of the final 45 minutes. They cashed in with nearly 14 minutes remaining, as sophomore forward Andrew Bulls (
Kevin Mezzadra recorded UMBC’s last three-goal effort in a 3-1 home win over Howard on Sept. 20, 2006.
UMBC outshot Drexel, 16-8, and freshman goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) recorded his second straight shutout by making four saves. Washam had seven stops for the Dragons. DU reserve midfielder Taylor Brophy collected five of Drexel’s eight shots and put four on goal.
The Retrievers complete their five-game homestand on Tuesday, Sept. 22, when they entertain Loyola under the lights at UMBC Stadium.
Notes: The win was UMBC’s first-ever over Drexel, which leads the all-time series, 4-1-1… Bulls did not score a goal for the first time this season, but his assist on Houapeu’s final goal kept his scoring streak alive at seven… The back-to-back shutouts are UMBC’s first since Oct. 20 (2-0 over