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Men's Soccer Blanks Wofford, 2-0
Andrew Bulls has four assists through two games this season.
BALTIMORE—UMBC senior midfielder Levi Houapeu (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill) and junior midfielder Nirav Kadam (Germantown, Md./Northwest/UNCG) each posted their second goals of the season as the host Retrievers blanked Wofford, 2-0, in the UMBC/Navy Kick-Off Tournament.
The Retrievers improved to 2-0-0 on the season, while Wofford slipped to 0-2-0.
UMBC senior defender Chris Williams (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) was named America East Player-of-the-Game as he added an assist and captained the Retriever defense to a shutout of the 2009 Southern Conference champions.
“After the second half the other day where we gave up three goals, we really wanted to concentrate on getting a shutout,” head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. said. “I thought we played very strong there today.”
The first half was crisply played and UMBC managed to break on top with 56 seconds remaining in the stanza. Junior forward Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh ) controlled the ball around the 25-yard line and sent a perfect through pass to Houapeu, who was cutting inside from the right side of the field. Houapeu made one quick move to freeze Terrier netminder Andrew Drennan and easily guide in an 11-yard shot.
The Retrievers had the benefit of a 15 mph wind in the second half and outshot their guests, 11-1. Wofford nearly tied the game with exactly 13 minutes remaining, but Wilson Hood’s unguarded effort from 13 yards out in the center of the box went wide right.
UMBC scored the insurance goal 41 seconds later. Williams hustled down a loose ball on the left sideline and his long clear found Bulls down the wing. The preseason All American, who has four assists in two games to date, crossed the ball beyond the reach of Drennan, and Kadam raced onto it, and knocked it in from two yards out.
Sophomore goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) made two saves to post his first shutout of the season. Drennan made nine saves for Wofford, as UMBC outshot the Terriers, 17-5.
Notes: UMBC has won 13 consecutive games in the month of September, dating back to the 2008 season… The Retrievers have won 12 in a row at home in September, dating back to a draw with James Madison in the 2007 campaign… UMBC will play its first road game of the season on Wednesday, Sept. 8 when they travel across the beltway to take on Towson… The all-tournament team for the kick-off tournament will be announced on Sunday.