Men's Soccer Gets Back To Action at GW on Tuesday Afternoon

Men's Soccer Gets Back To Action at GW on Tuesday Afternoon

After getting off to a 3-0-1 start, the UMBC men's soccer team (3-2-1) has experienced a rare power failure over the past two Saturdays, suffering 1-0 shutout losses at Loyola (Md.), and LaSalle. The Retrievers play their first mid-week affair and first afternoon game of the season when they take the short trip to Washington, D.C., to take on the George Washington Colonials (2-4-0) on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 3:00 p.m. Live stat and video links will be available via www.umbcretrievers.com and the UMBC Front Row app.    

 

UMBC outshot Loyola (Md.) and La Salle by a combined 35-15 and attempted 19 of the 20 corners in the two matches, but could not solve either goalkeeper in the back-to-back shutout losses.

 

UMBC had not been blanked in back-to-back games since the 2009 season, when they fell at Hartford (3-0) and Binghamton (4-0) before making a run to the finals of the AE Tournament. The last shutout home loss in 90 minutes of play occurred in 2011, when UMBC fell to Stony Brook, 3-0.  

 

The loss to La Salle snapped a home unbeaten streak of 10 straight (9-0-1), dating back to a 2-1 loss to William & Mary in 2014. UMBC was 27-2-5 in its previous 34 home contests, dating back to 2012.

 

UMBC is averaging 1,805 fans per game through five home dates in 2015.

 

Through six games, senior striker Darius Madison leads UMBC with three goals and seven points. The transfer from the University of Virginia scored his 15th career goal versus Oakland. Junior forward Kennedy O'Shea, who has come off the bench in all six games, has two goals and one assist, while sophomore midfielder Gregg Hauck has contributed a goal and a team-best two helpers.   

 

Hauck was the America East co-Player of the Week in the first week of the campaign by virtue of his career-best one-goal, two-assist performance in a 5-0 victory over Central Arkansas. He led five Retrievers as All-Tournament team members as UMBC won the Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic and was joined by Madison, Pratt, Kerr and Heavner.

 

Junior netminder Billy Heavner has a pair of shutouts on the season and 10 in 21 career starts at UMBC. The 2015 ECAC Division I Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year is maintaining a GAA of 0.75, which leads the America East Conference. Heavner did not play against La Salle, due to receiving a red-card late in the contest at Loyola when he challenged for a ball outside the box late in the game.   

 

The UMBC men's soccer program was ranked No. 12 in the 2015 National Soccer College Association of America Division I preseason rankings. The No. 12 ranking is the top preseason mark for the Retriever program. Last season, Pete Caringi's squad, coming off back-to-back America East titles, was tabbed at No. 19 in the August poll.

 

A season ago, UMBC became the first team in NCAA tournament history to win four consecutive road games and to post shutouts in four consecutive games to reach the College Cup.

 

With four America East tournament titles (in 12 years), UMBC trails only Boston University, with seven total America East championships. The Retrievers became the second team in league history to win regular season and tournament titles in back-to-back years. Boston U. achieved that feat in 1993-94.

 

The three-time defending league champions will welcome back 16 letterwinners and three starters from last year's 14-6-5 squad. In the first four games of the season, UMBC started three freshmen (Riley Collins, Kyle Saunderson and Tyler Ward) and a transfer (Bill Kerr) along the backline.

 

Seniors Malcolm Harris and Michael Scott and junior Billy Heavner have been named captains of the team.

 

Head Coach Pete Caringi, Jr., is celebrating his 25th season at the helm of the Retrievers. In 24 campaigns, under Caringi, UMBC is 158-48-31 (.734) at home and the Retrievers are 98-22-25 (.766) in 145 games on the Bermuda turf of Retriever Soccer Park. The Retriever mentor has an overall record of 263-152-60 (.617) during his tenure on Hilltop Circle and in 32 years as a head coach, he is 433-179-68 (.687).

 

George Washington is coming off a 1-0 victory over the Loyola Greyhounds in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, recording their first win at home. Junior Garrett Heine netted his team-leading third goal of the season late in the first half and that was all the Colonials would need as they picked up the victory.

 

George Washington's freshman goalkeeper, Thor Arne Hofs earned his first shutout of the season. Senior Eddie Painter and junior Sam Summerlin both recorded assists on Heine's goal.

 

The Colonials are now 2-4-0 on the season and snapped a three-game losing streak with their latest win over Loyola (Md.). The Colonials earned their first win of the year against Howard University, 3-1, recorded on August 30.

 

The Retrievers are 5-1-1 over the Colonials in their seven meetings since 1988 and have won five straight matches in the series. UMBC leads the all-time series, 8-4-3.  

 

UMBC is undefeated in season openers since a 3-0 loss to Georgia Southern in 2005… The Retrievers are 9-0-1 in the span… The Retrievers did not allow two or more goals in a game in the final 16 games of the 2014 season… UMBC is 0-2-6 in its last eight overtime contests.

 

With five goals scored vs. Central Arkansas, UMBC matched its season high of 2014, a 5-1 victory over Vermont on Nov. 1… UMBC's last shutout of five goals or more occurred in game No. 3 of the 2009 season, a 6-0 triumph over St. Joseph's… The seven goals scored in two games are the most since UMBC tallied seven in 2010.

 

Even great programs have difficulty rallying from two-goal (or more) deficits to earn draws or victories, as UMBC did in its 2-2 draw versus Fairfield… The last time UMBC made that style comeback occurred way back in 1997, as they rallied from a 3-1 hole to defeat Coastal Carolina, 4-3, in overtime on Oct. 11, 1997.

 

O'Shea posted his first career goal, the game-tying goal versus Fairfield… Malcolm Harris' missed penalty kick versus Fairfield was the first misfire by a Retriever since Daniel Welsh was unsuccessful vs. Albany on Oct. 1, 2011. The Retrievers had converted 10 in a row between misses.

 

Player Accolades

 

Gregg Hauck, So., M

  • 2014 America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player; All-Tournament Team 
  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic) 
  • America East co-Player of the Week, Aug. 31, 2015 

 

Malcolm Harris, Sr., M (captain)

  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (The Westin/Sheraton BWI Classic) 

 

Billy Heavner, Jr., G (captain)

  • 2015 ECAC Division I Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic, The Westin/Sheraton BWI Classic) 
  • 2014 NCAA Elite 89 Award, America East Elite 18 Award
  • 2014 America East All-Academic Team
 

Bill Kerr, Jr., B

  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic, The Westin/Sheraton BWI Classic) 
 

Darius Madison, Sr., F 

  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic, The Westin/Sheraton BWI Classic) 
  • America East Player of the Week, Sept. 7, 2015 
  • College Soccer News Team of the Week, Sept. 7, 2014

 

Joseph Pratt, Sr., M 

  • 2015 All-Tournament Team (Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic, The Westin/Sheraton BWI Classic) 
 

Michael Scott, Sr., M (captain)

  • 2014 America East All-Academic Team
 

UP NEXT: UMBC returns to Retriever Soccer Park for two consecutive non-league games, starting with a Saturday, Sept. 26 contest versus George Mason. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.