Baltimore, Md.— UMBC men's soccer lifts the lid on America East play with a Saturday night contest against No. 12 New Hampshire at Retriever Soccer Park. The Retrievers conclude their home stand after going 1-1-1 against Navy, Western Michigan and Maryland, sitting at 5-2-2 on the year.
-1992 Team Celebration: The 1992 team will be honored at halftime on the 25th anniversary of the team's Big South Regular season title.
-#SpreadRespect Game: The America East, partnered with You Can Play and LGBT SportSafe, organizations committed to the inclusion of LGBTQ+ athletes. The America East was the first Division I athletic conference to partner with You Can Play. In addition to its partnership with You Can Play, the America East has recently partnered with LGBT SportSafe, an organization that is going from campus to campus in the America East and holding workshops with administrators and coaches.
New Hampshire Match Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (5-2-2) vs. #12 New Hampshire Wildcats (6-0-2)
Where: Retriever Soccer Park – Baltimore, Md.
When: Saturday, September 30 – 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live stats and live video available at UMBCRetrievers.com
Social Media: @UMBCMensSoccer, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEMSOC
Scouting the Retrievers (5-2-2):
-The Retrievers open America East play on Saturday after a 1-1 draw against No. 1 Maryland on Tuesday. After the Terps scored in the 55th minute, senior Gregg Hauck (Linthicum, Md./North County) took a cross from classmates Sammy Kahsai (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) and Cormac Noel (Todmorden, England) and placed it past the keeper to force a 1-1 draw.
-Junior defender Kyle Saunderson (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) and Hauck lead the team with three goals each for six points. Both Noel and Kahsai have also found the back of the net, as nine Retrievers have scored goals this year.
-Freshman goalkeeper Ciaran O'Loughlin (Birkenhead, England) has started in every game for the Retrievers, giving up just ten goals (1.13 GAA) making 32 saves (.762) save percentage with three shutouts on the year.
Scouting the Wildcats (6-0-2):
-New Hampshire comes to Baltimore undefeated at 6-0-2 on the year, most recently taking down Quinnipiac 1-0 last Saturday. The Wildcats are a perfect 2-0 on the road this year, defeating then No. 22 Boston College, 2-0 back on September 1.
-Chris Arling and Linus Fallberg lead the Wildcat attack with three goals each for six points. The Wildcats have scored just 11 goals so far, this season, with four other players netting a goal. Antonio Colacci and Otto Sahlen have two assists each to lead the team.
-Graduate student Andrew Pesci has played every minute in goal for New Hampshire, surrendering just one goal for a goals against average of 0.12. He has made 20 saves for a .952 save percentage. Those numbers are all tops in the nation, along with his seven shutouts this year.
-UMBC and New Hampshire will be meeting for the 19th time in the all-time series, with UMBC holding a slim 7-5-6 advantage. The Retrievers are undefeated against the Wildcats in the last six matches played in Baltimore (3-0-3).
-Last year the Wildcats defeated the Retrievers 3-0 in Durham to open the America East season. The last time the two played in Baltimore, UMBC came away with a 1-0 win in the 2015 America East Tournament Quarterfinals. New Hampshire scored an own goal off a Noel cross in the 30th minute.
UMBC to Honor the 1992 Team:
-UMBC men's soccer will bring back their second team of the season, this time it is the 1992 team. The 1992 squad finished the season with a 12-9-0 record overall, finishing with a 6-1-0 mark in Big South play. This is the 25th anniversary of the team winning the Big South Regular season title.
-That team featured future hall of famers Shawn Miller and Bobby Wagner, as well as current Retriever Associate Head Coach Anthony Adams.
Caringi Hits Milestone:
-Head coach Pete Caringi Jr. recorded his 450th career victory on September 13 in a 3-1 victory against then #19 West Virginia. The Retriever head coach is in his 27th season with UMBC, having coached a total of 37 years in college soccer.
-UMBC staff, students and fans packed the bleachers and hill at Retriever Soccer Park on Tuesday, September 26 to watch No. 1 Maryland take on the Retrievers. A total of 3,766 fans saw the Retrievers and Terrapins finish in a 1-1 draw.
-The previous attendance record was set earlier this year, when 2,873 fans saw the Retrievers and Howard Bison battle on August 28.
-The Retrievers will hit the road for an America East match against Binghamton on Saturday, October 7. Kickoff with the Bearcats is set for 7 p.m. in Vestal, N.Y.