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Men's Soccer Hosts New Hampshire on Saturday Afternoon; 1999 Team to Be Honored at Halftime
The 25th-ranked UMBC (10-1-0, 1-1-0 America East) men’s soccer team entertains a confident
Junior forward Levi Houapeu scored a goal and added an assist and sophomore linemate Andrew Bulls tied a school record as UMBC blanked visiting Stony Brook, 2-0, (1-9-2, 0-2-0) before 772 fans at chilly UMBC Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Bulls continues to lead in the nation in scoring with 14 goals and 33 total points, while Houapeu is third in scoring with nine goals and 27 points and second in assists with nine. Entering the week, the Retrievers were third in the nation in total offense with 2.8 goals score per game, trailing only top-ranked
Bulls scored the game’s first goal vs. Stony Brook, producing a point in his 11th consecutive game. That tied the mark set by Retriever all-time great, Giuliano Celenza, who scored in 11 consecutive contests in 2000. His 14 goals are the most in a single season for UMBC since Derek McElligott amassed 15 goals in 2003 and the seventh-most in a single season in school history.
The win also gave UMBC a 10-win season for the first time since 2003 (10-3-5). The Retrievers rebounded after their first loss of the season, a 3-1 setback at
Saunders recorded his sixth shutout of the season in the win over Stony Brook. Saunders had posted four straight shutouts in wins over CAA foes
The Retrievers’ 9-0-0 start was the best in school history and the longest winning streak since 1999, when the NCAA-bound team won 13 straight contests. The 1977 team (15-2-0) started its NCAA Division II tournament-bound season at 7-0-0, while the 1999 Retriever Division I squad opened with six straight wins en route to the nation’s best record that campaign at 19-1-2.
The Retrievers are ranked 23rd by College Soccer News, after debuting at No. 20 in that poll on Sept. 28. UMBC is ranked sixth (tied with
Game Reviews and Notes
Bulls scored a pair of first half goals, leading the visiting Retrievers to a 3-0 victory over
Bulls scored on a free kick in the 44th minute and Saunders made three outstanding saves in the final two minutes as UMBC edged Loyola , 1-0, before 1,505 fans at UMBC Stadium on Sept. 22. Saunders finished with six saves. It was UMBC’s first-ever win over Loyola on home turf. The Greyhounds lead the series, 18-2-2, with the Retrievers’ lone previous win occurring at
Houapeu recorded the Retrievers’ first three-goal game in three years, leading the Retrievers to a 3-0 win over Drexel on Sept. 19. The team’s seven wins to start a season broke 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. Houapeu recorded UMBC’s first three-goal game since Kevin Mezzadra scored three times in a home win over Howard on Sept. 20, 2006. 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. Bulls scored goals in UMBC’s first six games and his eight goals in six games was the fastest to get to that plateau in UMBC’s Division I history. Ty Engram scored 11 goals through the first eight games of the 1999 campaign.
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.
UMBC has outscored its opponents, 30-7, through ten games this season… Before the wins over Loyola and Stony Brook, UMBC was just 1-8-2 in its last eleven night contests… In its last 61 home games, the Retrievers are 39-9-13 (.746)… the Retrievers are 7-0-0 at home this season and 16-5-5 vs. America East opponents at home in six-plus seasons of league play.
The Wildcats leads the series, 3-2-1 and are 2-0-1 vs. UMBC in the last three meetings. The Retrievers’ last win (2-0) occurred at UMBC Soccer Stadium in 2005, where the hosts are 2-0-1 vs. UNH. Last season, UNH scored twice in the final four minutes to defeat the Retrievers, 3-2, in
Senior forward Chris Banks punched in the game-deciding goal off a pass from Sean Coleman in the 73rd minute of play to propel the UNH (4-5-1, 1-0-0) to a 2-1 victory over 15th-ranked Boston University on Wednesday in Boston, Mass.
National Leaders: (as of Oct. 5, 2009)
Scoring Offense: 3. UMBC 2.80 goals per game 1. Akron/Winthrop 2.89
Scoring Defense: 31. UMBC (0.70 goals per game)
Points per game: 1. Andrew Bulls, 3.1 ppg; 3. Levi Houapeu, 2.4 ppg
Goals per game: 1. Andrew Bulls, 1.3 gpg (13)
12. Levi Houapeu, 0.8 gpg (8)
Assists per game: 2. Levi Houapeu 0.8 apg (8) Michael Nanchoff,
Save Pct. 20. Phil Saunders (.860)
Goals Against Avg. 23. Phil Saunders (0.61)
2009 Honors Won
Andrew Bulls NSCAA Player of the Week Sept. 1-7
College Soccer News’ Player of the Week
College Soccer News’ Team of the Week
adidas Kick-Off Classic Most Valuable Player Sept. 8, 10
Levi Houapeu adidas Kick-Off Classic All-Tournament Team Sept. 8, 10
College Soccer News’ Team of the Week Sept. 14-20
Vince Savarese adidas Kick-Off Classic All-Tournament Team Sept. 8, 10
Chris Williams adidas Kick-Off Classic All-Tournament Team Sept. 8, 10
Andrew Bulls, 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
Levi Houapeu, who also earned All-Tournament team honors, assisted on all three UMBC in the 3-1 win over St. Francis (
A pair of UMBC defenders, junior Chris Williams and sophomore Vince Savarese also were named to the All-Tournament team of the adidas Kick-Off Classic.
Freshman midfielder Milo Kapor scored his first collegiate goal (85’) in the win over the Red Flash, just 29 seconds after Bulls’ second goal of the game.