Baltimore, Md.—UMBC men's soccer kicks off the 2018 season on Friday night against the Owls at Retriever Soccer Park. The Retrievers look to build off a 7-6-5, 2-4-1 AE record a year ago that saw them finish in fifth place, bowing out in the first round of the America East Tournament.
Temple Match Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (0-0-0) vs. Temple Owls (0-0-0)
Where: Retriever Soccer Park – Baltimore, Md.
When: Friday, August 24 – 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video and live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com
Promotions: Camp Night- Free admission with camp t-shirt
Social Media: @UMBCMensSoccer, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEMSOC
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC enters the 2018 season after a 7-6-5, 2-4-1 AE season a year ago. The Retrievers went 6-2-2 at the friendly confines of Retriever Soccer Park, including 4-1-2 in non-conference games. UMBC fell to eventual champion Albany in penalty kicks in the first round of the America East Tournament.
-The Retrievers graduted their top two scorers from a year ago in Sammy Kahsai and Gregg Hauck, but return senior Kyle Saunderson (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) who netted four goals from the back line in 2017. Classmate James Gielen (Edgewater, Md./DeMatha) and junior Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) scored a pair of goals each last season, and will look to lead the offensive attack.
-Sophomore Ciaran O'Loughlin (Birkenhead, England) returns after a successful rookie campaign that landed him on the America East All-Rookie Team. Last season he posted four shutouts, making 64 saves for a goals against average of 1.28.
Scouting the Owls:
-Temple enters the new year after going 9-8-1, 4-3-0 last year in the American Conference. The Owls were 6-3-0 at home, going 3-4-1 on the road last year, which saw them bow out to SMU in the American Conference Tournament.
-The Owls will be without four of their top five scorers from a year ago, with Hermann Doerner being the lone returner in that group. Last year, Doerner scored two goals adding three assists for seven points.
-In net, Michael Sammik returns for his junior season after playing in 11 matches last year. In those 11 matches, he gave up 13 goals making 33 saves with three shutouts going 7-4-0.
-The Retrievers and Owls will be meeting for the third time in the all-time series with UMBC winning both of the previous meetings. UMBC has yet to concede a goal to Temple, winning 2-0 in 2007 in the most recent matchup.
-Current Temple head coach Brian Rowland posted a 4-0 shutout against the Owls in 2002 when he played at UMBC.
-Temple head coach Brian Rowland is in his first season at the helm of the Owls after spending a number of years as an assistant at Maryland. Rowland will coach his ever match as a head coach against his alma mater, UMBC.
-Rowland was a standout for the Retrievers in the early 2000s. He earned All-America honors in 2002 and was named all-conference twice during his career. He currently holds the career and single-season records in shutouts, and was inducted into the UMBC Hall of Fame in 2014.
#AEMSOC Preseason Poll:
-UMBC men's soccer was picked to finish fifth in the 2018 America East Preseason Poll. The poll is voted on by the league coaches, with each coach not being allowed to vote for their own program.
-Last year, the America East finished with an RPI of five, after having an RPI of three the previous year. Only the ACC and the AE had 75 percent of its teams in the top 85 of the RPI. Both Albany and New Hampshire advanced to the NCAA Tournament with the Great Danes bowing out in the second round and Wildcats making it to the third round.
-UMass Lowell was chosen as the preseason favorites with 44 points earning three first place votes. New Hampshire and defending champion Albany finished two-three with 42 points (two first place votes) and 40 points (three first place votes) respectively. Defending regular season champions Vermont were fourth with 32 points, just ahead of UMBC with 27 points in fifth.
-Stony Brook (16 points), Hartford (12 points) and Binghamton (11 points) rounded out the eight team field.
-The Retrievers will continue their four game home stand to open the season against Rutgers on Monday, Aug. 27. Kickoff with the Scarlet Knights is set for 7 p.m.