Men's Soccer Completes Five-Game Homestand on Saturday Evening vs. LIU

photo by: Gail Burton
photo by: Gail Burton

BALTIMORE – After playing four times in a span of ten days, the UMBC Retriever men's soccer team (1-3-0) had the week off, but returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 14 when they host the Long Island University Sharks (2-2-0). Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park as UMBC concludes its season opening five-game homestand.


Paul Mittermeier provides the call of the game on the America East digital network.


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Retriever Recap: The Retrievers are returning to the pitch after dropping a heartbreaker against St. Bonaventure last Sunday, 1-0. Freshman forward Dadi Ingason (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) lead the Retrievers with five shots throughout the contest. The Bonnies struck the back of the net in the 11th minute, as Francesco Caorsi scored off a rebound of a Shea Currey shot that Retriever sophomore goalkeeper Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) saved, but could not control.  UMBC had their chances to even the game, outshooting the Bonnies, 12-5 after the SBU score, but ultimately couldn't find the net.


Ingason paces the black-and-gold offense with 12 shots so far this season, including three shots on goal. Senior Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley), freshman Ryan Becher (Hummelstown, Pa.) and junior Sammy Dupuy (Santiago, Chile/Meade) have been UMBC's goal scorers on the season. Jones has spent every minute of this short season so far in-between the posts, having saved nine shots and posted a 1.25 goals against average.


UMBC will take to the road for four consecutive games before returning to RSP on Oct. 8 to take on Liberty.


Shark Bytes: LIU is coming into the Saturday matchup after dropping a 1-0 decision to La Salle this past Tuesday. La Salle scored in the 62nd minute, and the Sharks were lead in the game by Jonas Dovland, Papa Ndoye, and Keanu Tuart. All had three shots each. LIU outshot the host Explorers, 13-8.


The Sharks won their first two matches, defeating Old Dominion, 2-1, and VCU, 1-0, both on the road. They have dropped two straight, falling, 1-0, to St. Joseph's prior to the loss at La Salle.


Ndoye leads the Sharks so far this season with seven shots. Chris Capaldo, and Athanasios Coutroumpas and Ndoye are the only players to have found the back of the net for one goal each. Matias Pesallaccia has spent the majority of the time (329:59) this season in goal, posting a 1-2 record with 12 saves.


A season ago, LIU posted a 13-6-1 record, a 6-2 mark in Northeast Conference play and captured the NEC title with a resounding 4-0 win over Bryant in the title match. They fell, 4-2, to host West Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.


Series Record: UMBC and LIU are entering their seventh ever meeting of the schools. The Retrievers hold a 4-2 advantage, shutting out then-Blackbirds, 4-0, in their last matchup in 2014 at Retriever Soccer Park.


Up Next:  The Retrievers' first road contest comes up on Tuesday, Sept. 17 when they visit George Washington. Match time is set for 3:00 p.m.