Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC looks to continue their winning ways, as they travel to West Virginia for their first road contest of the year. The Retrievers are coming off a 3-2 victory against Monmouth, which saw three different Retrievers score goals to move to 1-1-2 on the year.
West Virginia Match Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (1-1-2) at West Virginia Mountaineers (3-1-0)
When: Wednesday, September 14 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Morgantown, W.V. – Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium
How to Watch: Live stats and live video (free) at wvusports.com
Social Media: @UMBCMensSoccer, @UMBCAthletics, @AmericaEast, #AEMSOC, #GritAndGlory
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC comes into the contest at 1-1-2 on the year, after getting a three point performance from freshman Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) on Saturday in a 3-2 win against Monmouth. Pulliam scored the games first goal, and added an assist on the game winner to propel UMBC to victory.
-Pulliam leads the offense with five points (2 goals, 1 assist), while senior Christian Morales (Gaithersburg, Md./Frederick) has also tallied two goals, including the game winner against the Hawks. Patrick Jean-Gilles (Woodbridge, Va./South County) and Sammy Kahsai (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) also have goals on the year.
-Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) has started every game in net for UMBC, going 1-1-2 on the year, making 12 saves for a save percentage of .632. He has allowed seven goals for a goals against average of 1.58.
Scouting the Mountaineers:
-West Virginia comes into the mid-week contest at 3-1 on the year, after knocking off ETSU, 1-0 in overtime on Friday night.
-Tucker Stephenson leads the offense with two goals for four points. Logan Lucas is the only other Mountaineer with a tally this year, as four players have recorded assists for WVU in 2016.
-Jose Santos has played every minute in goal for the Mountaineers this year, letting up two goals, and has pitched a shutout in the last four contests.
-UMBC currently ranks 18th in attendance in the NCAA, averaging 1,064 fans at Retriever Soccer Park for matches. A total of 4,244 fans have flocked to Baltimore to see the Retrievers this year.
Pulliam Earns Conference Recognition:
-Freshman Tre Pulliam was named America East Rookie of the Week for the week ending 9/11 for his one goal, one assist effort in UMBC's 3-2 win against Monmouth.
-UMBC and West Virginia will be meeting for the fourth time all-time between the two sides as UMBC holds a perfect 3-0 lead in the series.
-The last meeting between the two was back in 1996 where UMBC took a 2-1 victory in Morgantown.
-UMBC will return home for a Saturday matinee against George Washington at 3 p.m. as a part of the UMBC 50 celebration weekend.