The UMBC men's soccer team (5-2-1) faces one more challenge before opening America East Conference play, as the Howard University Bison (0-8-1) invade Retriever Soccer Park on Tuesday, Sept. 29 for a 7:00 p.m. contest. The game will be streamed on the www.umbcretrievers.tv, with Dan Levin on the call and live stats will be provided on www.umbcretrievers.com.
The Retrievers are looking for their 100th victory at Retriever Soccer Park. Opened in 1998, UMBC is 99-22-25 (.764) in 146 games and on its Bermuda turf.
UMBC Sports Marketing presents "Student Organization Game Night!" when the Retriever men's soccer team hosts Howard on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 p.m. Cash prizes total $200 for the most attended/spirited Greek Life, Residential Life and Student Organization groups.
UMBC bounced back from a pair of 1-0 setbacks to record victories over George Washington (3-2) and George Mason (2-0) last week.
For the first time since Sept. 4 (span of four games), UMBC scored the game's first goal in the victory over the Patriots. Freshman Patrick Jean-Gilles scored his first career goal for the game-winner in the 10th minute of play, while junior Kennedy O'Shea, making his first career start, added his fourth goal early in the second half for the Retrievers.
The come-from-behind win at GW marked the second time in the young season that the Retrievers have rallied from two scores down to earn a result. In the opener, UMBC fell behind Fairfield, 2-0, before tying the game up at 2-all. The last time that a UMBC men's soccer team rallied from two goals down to win occurred in October of 1997, when they erased a 3-1 deficit to defeat Coastal Carolina, 4-3.
Honored: UMBC men's soccer captured both America East honors this week, as senior forward Darius Madison and Jean-Gilles earned the league's Player and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively.
Madison earned the top honor for the second time this year, as game-winning goals versus Ohio State and Oakland netted him the award on Sept. 8. He leads America East (and is tied for second nationally) with three game-winning goals and is tied for the top spot in goals (5, 27th in the nation) and total points (12).
Madison recorded his third career two-goal game and first as a Retriever, keying UMBC's come-from-behind 3-2 victory at George Washington on Sept. 22. Madison got UMBC on the board with a header in the final seconds of the first half and converted on a penalty kick for the game-winner to cap the rally.
Jean-Gilles has started the last seven games at center midfielder and posted a highlight-reel goal in the tenth minute vs. the Patriots. The 14-yard strike into the upper part of the cage accounted for his first collegiate goal and stood up as the game-winner.
Madison's other two-goal games occurred versus Notre Dame and James Madison when he competed for the Virginia Cavaliers.
O'Shea scored a goal and added an assist in each of the Retrievers' victories last week. He scored the game-tying goal in the 3-2 come-from-behind victory at GW. The 2014 Coastal Carolina transfer earned his first career start vs. George Mason and posted the primary assist on Patrick Jean-Gilles' game-winning goal against the Patriots. He also scored an insurance marker in the 51st minute in UMBC's 2-0 victory.
O'Shea is second on the team with four goals and 11 total points.
Senior midfielder Michael Scott recorded assists on both goals versus Mason, added one at GW and now has a team-high four on the campaign. He is second in the America East with 0.50 assists per game and is 24th nationally with the four helpers.
Howard is still searching for its first victory of the season, as the Bison enter tonight's contest with a mark of 0-8-1. HU produced a 1-1 draw at LIU Brooklyn on September 18.
In their most recent outing on Friday, Howard absorbed a tough 3-2 overtime loss at St. Joseph's. The Bison were poised to win after Austin Williams scored with 2:03 remaining to give the visitors a 2-1 edge. But the Hawks scored with just 19 seconds to play to send the game to overtime and won with 2:25 to play in the first extra period. HU freshman Victor Guirma scored in the 17th minute to knot the game at 1-1.
Sophomore forward Kyle Celestine leads HU with a pair of goals on the season. Grad student Sam Howard and junior Jordan Austin have shared the load in goal for the Bison.
Retriever Ramblings: 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.
Head Coach Pete Caringi, Jr., is celebrating his 25th season at the helm of the Retrievers. In 24 campaigns, under Caringi, UMBC is 159-48-31 (.734) at home and the Retrievers are 99-22-25 (.766) in 146 games on the Bermuda turf of Retriever Soccer Park. The Retriever mentor has an overall record of 265-152-60 (.617) during his tenure on Hilltop Circle and in 32 years as a head coach, he is 435-179-68 (.688).
All-Time Series: UMBC leads the all-time series, 11-2-2 and takes a five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2) into the contest. Howard's last win in the series (2-1, ot) occurred in Washington, D.C. in 2002. UMBC is 6-1-1 vs. Howard in Baltimore, including a 3-1 victory in the last meeting in 2012.
Notable: 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 and have started a new streak with Madison's conversion at GW.
The home loss to La Salle snapped a ten-game (9-0-1) unbeaten streak by UMBC at Retriever Soccer Park. UMBC is 17-2-4 in its last 23 games at home and 28-3-5 in its last 36 contests at the park.
UP NEXT: UMBC open their 13th season of America East play at rival Hartford on Saturday, Oct.3. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.