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Men's Soccer Faces Bucknell in First-Ever Meeting in Lewisburg on Tuesday Night
The UMBC menís soccer team (4-3-1) takes a quick break from America East play and takes on a tough Bucknell (4-5-0) squad at Emmitt Fat Holmes Stadium in Lewisburg, Pa. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.
The Retrievers opened America East Conference play on Saturday, Oct. 2, drawing 1-1 in double overtime vs. Binghamton. Freshman Pete Caringi III scored his fifth goal of the season to give the Retrievers a 1-0 lead in the 75rh minute, but the Bearcats countered seven minutes later. Senior midfielder Levi Hoaupeu had the best chance for either team in overtime, but his drive less than a minute into the first extra period was saved.
UMBC has a pair of two-game winning streaks and a pair of two-game winless streaks in 2010.
The Retrievers had posted come-from-behind victories in the 2-1 home win over La Salle on Sept. 15 and the 3-2 victory at Mount St. Mary's on Sept. 18. The Retrievers trailed the Mount, 2-0, at halftime and rallied to win from a two-goal deficit for the first time since a 4-3 overtime win (they trailed 3-1) over Coastal Carolina on Oct. 11, 1997. The last time they won in 90 minutes after trailing by two goals occurred a year earlier when they erased a 2-0 deficit at Winthrop and defeated the Eagles, 4-3, on Oct. 21, 1996.
The offensive heroes for UMBC were senior Houapeu and freshman reserve forward Pete Caringi III (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall). Houapeu scored the game-tying goal and Caringi added the game-winner vs. Mount St. Mary's, after Caringi had the game-tying tally and Houapeu the winner in the 2-1 overtime victory over La Salle.
A Glance at the Bison: Bucknell has won two straight, including Saturday nightís 2-0 win over Navy. Luke Joyner and Josh Plump scored Bison goals and netminder Marc Hartmann posted BUís first shutout of the season. In addition to a common opponent in Navy, both UMBC (2-1,ot) and Bucknell (3-1) have recorded wins over La Salle. The Bison reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year, posting a record of 17-6-0.
The Apple Does Not Fall Far: Pete Caringi II has won a pair of America East Conference Menís Soccer Rookie of the Week awards (9/7, 9/20). He made his first official start at FDU, although he was in the starting lineup for the cancelled contest at Loyola. Though his first six games coming off the bench, Caringi had scored four goals in 207 minutes of action and was a +4 (5 UMBC goals scored, 1 allowed) when he was on the field in wins over La Salle and Mont St. Maryís.
The son of UMBC Head Coach Pete Caringi, Jr.is in second place in America East in goals per game (0.62), trailing only Houapeu, who averages 0.88 goals per game through seven contests
The Levi is Not Dry: Houapeu now has seven goals in eight games this season and became the 11th player in school history to amass 25 career goals. He has 69 career points (26-17-69) and has moved into ninth place on UMBCís all-time scoring list. The nationís leading scorer in 2009 was ranked in several NCAA statistical categories.
Points Per Game 5th (2.0) Goals Per game 4th (0.88)
The last player to hit the 25-goal plateau was Derek McElligott, who did so in the 2003 season and finished his career with 47 tallies.
Bullish on Bulls: For the second time this season, junior forward Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) posted two assists in a game, helping out on UMBCís first two goals vs. the Mount. He also had two assists in the opener vs. VMI. He has seven assists on the campaign (0.88 per game) , which is the fourth-best figure in the nation. The preseason Hermann Award candidate now has 20 career assists, moving into a tie for sixth place on the schoolís all-time list. His 68 career point total (24-20-68) moves him into tenth place on UMBCís all-time scoring list.
Player Notes: Junior midfielder Nirav Kadam (Germantown, Md./Northwest/UNCG), who did not play at Mount St. Maryís (injury) is 15th the nation in assists per game (0.57).
Senior defender Chris Williams (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) got the UMBC rally started with his first goal of the season in the 53rd minute vs. the Mount. The Retriever central defender has one goal in each of his four campaigns.
Junior goalkeeper Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del/Concord/U. Virginia) played the final 45 minutes at Mount St. Maryís and earned his first win in the UMBC cage. He made his first official career start with the Retrievers vs. Binghamton and posted a team season-best nine saves. The nine saves was the most for a Retriever goalkeeper since Steve King posted 12 at Virginia Tech on Oct. 14, 2008.
Team Notes: UMBC is 24th in the nation in scoring, averaging 2.13 goals per game. The Retrievers were sixth in the nation in scoring in 2009, averaging 2.15 goals per contest.
The Retrievers are 3-0-1 at home this season and have won 13 consecutive September home games dating back to 2007. They have a current five-game home unbeaten streak and are 11-2-1 in their last 14 home matches.
With the back-to-back wins over La Salle and Mount St. Maryís, UMBC recorded back-to-back come-from-behind wins for the first time since early in the 2000 season, when they rallied to defeat Holy Cross (4-3, 2ot) and Delaware (2-1, 2ot) on Sept. 3 and Sept. 6.
Caringiís goal vs. Binghamton broke a streak of five straight contests in which UMBC has allowed the gameís first goal.
The Series: Surprisingly, Bucknell and UMBC have never competed in menís soccer.