Men's Soccer Looks to Rebound, Hosts Strong Hofstra Side on Sunday Evening

Men's Soccer Looks to Rebound, Hosts Strong Hofstra Side on Sunday Evening

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The UMBC men's soccer team continues its season-opening five-game homestand on Sunday, Sept. 1 when they entertain the Hofstra Pride at Retriever Soccer Park.


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All eleven home games this season start at 7:00 p.m. The game will be streamed on the America East Digital Network with Paul Mittermeier on the call.


Last Time Out


Visiting Incarnate Word scored twice in a span of 32 seconds early in the second half and held off a furious UMBC rally to defeat the Retrievers, 2-1, in the opening game for both teams on Friday.


A Retriever Soccer Park crowd of 2,208 turned out for the opener.


Junior transfer Sammy Dupuy (Santiago, Chile/Longwood) got the Retrievers to within 2-1 in the 70th minute and UMBC pressed throughout the final 20 minutes but could not get the equalizer.


Retriever Notebook


The setback on Friday stopped a streak of 13 straight openers without a loss for UMBC. The last loss occurred to Georgia Southern in 2005.


Five players – sophomore Alejandro Arbalaez and freshmen Julian Conze, Dadi Ingason, Orlygur Omarsson and Ryan Becher – who were not on the 2018 debuted in the starting eleven for the Retrievers versus Incarnate Word.


Becher started alongside his brother, sophomore Jackson, on Friday, becoming the ninth brother combination to compete for the Retrievers.

Dupuy tallied his third intercollegiate goal versus UIW. He scored twice in 2017 as a member of the Longwood Lancers. His first tally came versus N.C. State and he followed up with a goal against Asheville.


The attendance figure of 2,208 on Friday moves into eighth place on the all-time list at Retriever Soccer Park.


Jon Bell recorded his seventh career assist on the Dupuy goal.   


UMBC has been selected to place in a tie for third position in the 2019 America East Conference pre-season men's soccer poll, the conference announced today. The 2018 America East finalists received 34 votes along with UMass Lowell. The coaches tabbed defending champion New Hampshire as the pre-season favorite with 47 points and five of eight first-place selections. Last year's regular season champions, the Stony Brook Seawolves, earned 40 points and the remaining three first-place votes to land in second position.


The 2018 season marked the sixth time since 2012 that the program has been ranked in the top 25 in attendance. UMBC finished 16th in total attendance, as 14,806 patrons filled the stands and hill at Retriever Soccer Park in 2018. The Retrievers finished just a spot lower in 17th in average attendance drawing 1,346 fans each during 11 games last year.


UMBC opens the season with five consecutive home matches and 11 games total at Retriever Soccer Park. The Retrievers will kick off the season at RSP for the 11th straight season – the last time UMBC did not open at home occurred in 2008 when they faced St. Mary's (Ca.) at the U.S. Naval Academy. UMBC opened with a school-record six straight at home in 2011. 


The Retrievers will play three first-time opponents this season – Incarnate Word, St. Bonaventure and UC-Santa Barbara. They will face Hofstra and St. Peter's for the first time since 2002 and take on Liberty for the first time since 1997. Both the Pride and the Peacocks competed in their conference title games in 2018 and Sept. 14 foe Long Island –Brooklyn captured the Northeast Conference title and played in the NCAA Championships First round.


Scouting the Pride


Hofstra opened their season on Thursday at home versus Fordham and came away with a 1-0 victory.  Sophomore midfielder Hendrik Hebbeker scored the game's lone goal on a penalty kick in the tenth minute of play. Graduate student netminder Alex Ashton made six saves as the Rams outshot the Pride, 14-13.


The Pride posted a mark of 10-6-5, falling in penalty kicks in the CAA championship game versus James Madison. 

Hofstra put together an eight-game unbeaten streak in the middle of the campaign and defeated No. 6 Northeastern, 1-0, in the regular season finale. 

Junior forward Matthew Vowinkle notched eight goals to lead the Pride a season ago. He potted a pair of GWG's in a standout sophomore campaign. Vowinkle  was named to the preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association Team and the Pride was picked third in the preseason poll.

The Pride received great production from graduates Luke Brown (6g, 3a), Sean Nealis (2g, 3a) and Marcus Lindqvist (1g, 5a) in 2018.

Ashton recorded nine shutouts in 2018. 


All-Time Series


This will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2002.


Hofstra won the last match-up, 2-1, in overtime in 2002 to take a 2-1 series lead.


The previous two meetings occurred in 1990 and 1991 when both schools were members of the East Coast Conference. HU won, 2-1, on Long Island in 1990, and the Retrievers triumphed, 5-1, a year later at UMBC Stadium.


Up Next:


UMBC hosts St. Peter's on Friday, Sept. 6 at Retriever Soccer Park. Kick-off time is 7:00 p.m.