Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC Men's Soccer (6-2-2, 1-0-0 AE) continues America East conference play as they travel to New York to play Binghamton (3-5-2, 0-0-1 AE) at 6 p.m. The Retrievers are coming off a 1-1 draw against No. 1 Maryland and a 1-0 victory against then No. 12 New Hampshire. Sammy Kahsai (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) had a goal and an assist last week to earn America East Co-Player of the Week honors, while freshman keeper Ciaran O'Loughlin (Birkenhead, England) was named America East Rookie of the Week, stopping 11 of 12 shots faced last week.
Binghamton Match Info:
What: #16 UMBC Retrievers (6-2-2, 1-0-0 AE) at Binghamton Bearcats (3-5-2, 0-0-1 AE)
Where: Bearcat Sports Complex – Vestal, N.Y.
When: Saturday, October 7 – 6:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video on ESPN 3, live stats at BUBearcats.com
Social Media: @UMBCMensSoccer, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEMSOC
Scouting the Retrievers (6-2-2, 1-0-0 AE):
-UMBC currently sits second in the America East conference standings after their victory against New Hampshire. Kahsai netted the game winner in the eighth minute off a corner kick from Cormac Noel (Todmorden, England) and header from Kyle Saunderson (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) in the win.
-Kahsai is one of three Retrievers with multiple goals. He has scored twice with one assist for five points. Saunderson leads the Retrievers with three goals and an assist for seven points, while senior Gregg Hauck (Linthicum, Md./North County) has three goals for six points. A total of nine Retrievers have found the back of the net this season.
- Freshman goalkeeper Ciaran O'Loughlin earned the America East Rookie of the Week by only allowing in one goal against two ranked opponents. He stopped 11 of the 12 shots this week, and earned his fourth shutout for the year. The freshman has started every game for the Retrievers. O'Loughlin is now ranked second in saves with 36 for America East, and dropped his goals against average to 1.01.
Scouting the Bearcats (3-5-2, 0-0-1 AE):
-Binghamton returns home to host UMBC after three road games, where they went 1-1-1. The Bearcats started conference play last Saturday night against Stony Brook as both teams went scoreless the entire 110 minutes that resulted in a 0-0 tie.
- Freshman Midfielder Noah Luescher led his team against the Seawolves with 6 shots, 5 being on goal. The freshman has tallied 10 points this season with three goals and four assists.
- Junior Forward Nikos Psarras had only two shots against the Seawolves, but currently leads his team with 12 points. The junior has recorded six goals this year, where he is ranked first in conference.
- Redshirt sophomore goalkeepers Chris Shutler and Alejandro Cubillo both contributed to the shutout against Stony Brook. Shutler started against the Seawolves where he had tallied 5 saves. Cubillo started the second half and had 4 saves for the day.
-UMBC and Binghamton will be meeting for the 18th time in the all-time series; The Bearcats currently lead with an 8-6-3 record.
-UMBC lost to the Bearcats 1-0 in last year's matchup giving up a goal in the second half.
-UMBC heads to Vestal, N.Y. this Saturday, where they met two years ago and fell to the Bearcats 2-1. The last time the Retrievers won in New York was back in 2011 when they took a 1-0 victory.
-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.
Back in the Rankings:
-UMBC men's soccer enters the national rankings for the first time since 2015, coming in at No. 16 in the Soccer America Poll. The team also received a vote in the College Soccer News and United Soccer Coaches' Poll this week.
- UMBC has earned a national ranking eight times since 1999. The last time the Retrievers were in the rankings, came back in 2015, when they were 25th the week of September 17. UMBC's first recognition occurred in 1999, the first year in which the Retrievers reached the NCAA Division I Tournament, when they reached No. 11.
-In 2000, the Retrievers hit No. 14 and they closed the decade when they were No. 20 in 2009. From 2012-15, they spent time amongst the nation's best, hitting highs as No. 5 in 2013 and No. 4 in 2014 following their College Cup run.
Trio Earns Honors:
-Sophomore back Trey Vinson (Manasas, Va./Forest Park) was named to Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the week, while Kahsai and O'Loughlin were named America East Co-Player and Rookie of the Week this week.
-Vinson was named to Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week, helping the Retrievers to a 1-1 draw against No. 1 Maryland and a win against No. 12 New Hampshire.
- Kahsai had an assist that set up the game tying goal by Gregg Hauck against Maryland, while scoring the game winner against New Hampshire on Saturday. The senior midfielder now had five points on the year, scoring two goals and adding one assist. O'Loughlin helped anchor a Retriever defense that conceded just one goal this week. He stopped 11 of 12 shots faced this week, dropping his goals against average to 1.01. He has made 36 saves on the year with four shutouts to his credit.
-The Retrievers will stay on the road to take on UMass Lowell on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.