The UMBC men's soccer team (7-2-2, 1-0-1 AE), riding a five-game unbeaten streak, plays its first of two mid-week league games of the campaign on Wednesday, Oct. 14 when the Retrievers travel to Burlington to take on the Vermont Catamounts (6-5-1, 1-1-0 AE). A 2:30 p.m. kick-off time is slated for Virtue Field and the game will be streamed on the www.americaeast.tv.
Fans can also access the live video via UMBC Front Row, Retriever Athletics' mobile app or follow along on Twitter @UMBCMensSoccer.
UMBC is unbeaten in its last five matches and is coming off a 1-0 victory over Albany on Homecoming this past Saturday. Sophomore midfielder Gregg Hauck scored in the 26th minute and Billy Heavner made six saves as the Retrievers played the final 47 minutes down and held off the Great Danes.
The Retrievers are unbeaten in 21 consecutive America East regular season contests (17-0-4) with the last setback coming at Albany (2-1) in October of 2012. UMBC is unbeaten in 27 straight games (22-0-5), including AE playoff contests, the longest streak in league history.
The Retrievers earned their 100th victory at Retriever Soccer Park with the 2-1 victory over Howard on Sept. 29. Opened in 1998, UMBC is now 101-22-25 (.766) in 148 games and on its Bermuda turf.
Senior forward Darius Madison leads the team in goals (6), total points (15), and shots attempted (40). Junior linemate Kennedy O'Shea posted his first two career multiple-point games (1g, 1a vs. GW, Mason) and has four goals and three helpers on the campaign. Senior midfielder Michael Scott recorded assists on both goals versus Mason, and just added one on the game-winning goal versus Albany and now has a team-high five (tied for second in America East) on the campaign.
Current Rankings: UMBC moved up one spot into the No. 4 position in the East regional rankings as of Oct. 13. The Retrievers are also receiving votes (34th) in the College Soccer News Oct. 12 poll.
Honored: Junior goalkeeper Billy Heavner was tabbed co-America East Men's Soccer Player of the Week for his efforts versus Albany. Heavner tied a career high with six saves in the Retrievers' hard-earned 1-0 victory over Albany in Saturday's Homecoming Day contest. His six saves equaled his total recorded in a 2-1 win over U Mass Lowell in 2014.
Heavner posted the fourth shutout of the season and the 12th in his 26 career starts. He tied his coach of a year ago, Dan Louisignau, for seventh place on UMBC's all-time shutouts list. One of America East's inaugural Elite 18 Award winners last fall, Heavner leads the conference with a 0.76 goals against average and is second with a save percentage mark of 77.8.
UMBC men's soccer captured both America East honors on Sept. 28, as senior forward Darius Madison and Patrick 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 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's other two-goal games occurred versus Notre Dame and James Madison when he competed for the Virginia Cavaliers.
Jean-Gilles has started the last nine 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.
Vermont is 6-5-1 and 1-1-0 in America East after a 2-1 upset victory at Hartford on Saturday evening. The Catamounts are 3-1-1 at Virtue Field in 2015.
Junior forward Bernard Yebaoh shared America East Men's Soccer Player of the Week with Heavner. Yeaboah scored once and added an assist in the Vermont's triumph on Saturday. Yeboah ranks second on the team in goals (3) and third in points (7). Junior forward Brian Wright leads UVM with six goals and three assists, including a two-goal effort in a 4-2 win over Marist.
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.
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 25 campaigns, under Caringi, UMBC is 161-48-31 (.735) at home and the Retrievers are 101-22-25 (.768) in 148 games on the Bermuda turf of Retriever Soccer Park. The Retriever mentor has an overall record of 267-152-61 (.618) during his tenure on Hilltop Circle and in 35 years as a head coach, he is 436-179-69 (.688).
All-Time Series: UMBC is 6-5-2 in 13 previous meetings versus Vermont and has won the last three contests. The teams met twice at Retrievers Soccer Park in 2014 and UMBC came away with a 5-1 regular season triumph and a 3-1 victory in the America East semifinals. The Retrievers are 2-3-1 in Burlington, snapping a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory in 2013. Michael Scott scored a pair of goals versus Vermont (one in each game) last season, while Gregg Hauck and Michael Burgos also hit the nets.
Notable: UMBC is 4-4-5 in 13 America East openers… The Retrievers are now 48-31-15 in 12-plus seasons of America East play… UMBC had won all four games in 2015 when taking the lead, until the draw at Hartford dropped them to 4-0-1.
The home loss to La Salle snapped a ten-game (9-0-1) unbeaten streak by UMBC at Retriever Soccer Park… UMBC is 19-2-4 in its last 25 games at home and 30-3-5 in its last 38 contests at the park.
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 0-2-7 in its last nine 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 two consecutive conversions.
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.
UP NEXT: UMBC returns home on Saturday, Oct. 19 to host first-place New Hampshire (8-1-2, 2-0-0), the lone unblemished team in the conference. Kick-off time at Retriever Soccer Park is set for 7:00 p.m.