The UMBC men's soccer team (7-3-2, 1-1-1 AE), fell for nearly the first time in a month as the Retrievers dropped a 3-0 decision at Vermont on Wednesday. They team returns home to face upstart New Hampshire (8-2-2, 2-1-0) at Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday, Oct. 17 with a 7:00 p.m. kick-off time on tap. The game will be streamed on the www.americaeast.tv.and fans can also access the live video and live stats via UMBC Front Row, Retriever Athletics' mobile app or follow along on Twitter @UMBCMensSoccer.
In the setback at Vermont, UMBC's America East record unbeaten streak of 27 games came to a halt. The Retrievers had not lost in the regular or post season in league play since falling at Albany in October of 2012, winning 22 and drawing five times in that span. Moreover, UMBC's five-game unbeaten streak also came to an end.
After a scoreless first half, UMBC conceded three second-half scores by the Catamounts. The Retrievers had not allowed three goals in a game in 22 contests, dating back to a 3-0 loss at Navy last October. UMBC outshot Vermont, 14-11, but could only put three shots on goal.
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 tied his season/career mark with six stops in Wednesday's loss at Vermont.
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.
New Hampshire is 8-2-2 and 2-1-0 in America East after a 2-1 home setback to Binghamton on Wednesday evening. Under first-year head coach Marc Hubbard, UNH started the year at 7-0-2 and earned a No. 25 national ranking, but have dropped two of the last three decisions. They are 3-1-2 on the road in 2015.
Junior co-captain Chris Wingate scored a New Hampshire goal in the 60th minute of play to tie the match at 1-1, but Binghamton scored ten minutes later and held off the host Wildcats, 2-1. UNH outshot BU, 12-7, and took eight of ten corners in the match, but only put three shots on target.
Wingate leads UNH with six goals and three assists and has three game-winning goals. Three of his six goals have occurred from the penalty spot.
New Hampshire is the highest scoring team in America East, with 21 goals in 12 games. They have been solid in both halves, but have outscored their foes, 9-3, in the first 45 minutes. The Wildcat defense has been strong and senior goalkeeper Ryan Carpenter has only had to make 25 saves in 11 starts in net.
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 267-153-61 (.618) during his tenure on Hilltop Circle and in 35 years as a head coach, he is 436-180-69 (.688).
All-Time Series: UMBC is 6-4-5 in 15 previous meetings versus UNH. The Retrievers have won three in a row and are unbeaten in the last eight matches (4-0-4) after UNH got out to a 4-2-1 series edge. UMBC has hurt the Wildcats deeply in post-season with a semi-final victory in 2009 and penalty kick shootout wins in 2010 and 2012 title matches. .
UMBC is 4-1-3 versus UNH in Baltimore, with the lone home setback occurring in 2009. Last season, UMBC prevailed, 2-0, in Durham, N.H., as Kay Banjo and Oumar Ballo hit the net. UNH has not scored versus the Retrievers in the last three matches and only has one goal in seven contests.
Notable: UMBC is 4-4-5 in 13 America East openers… The Retrievers are now 48-32-15 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.
Madison will miss his second consecutive contest after receiving his fifth caution and a subsequent second yellow/red card last Saturday versus Albany.
UP NEXT: UMBC returns home on Tuesday, Oct. 20 to host Navy. Kick-off time at Retriever Soccer Park is set for 7:00 p.m.