Men’s Soccer Opens Four-Game Coast-to-Coast Road Swing at GW on Tuesday

Men’s Soccer Opens Four-Game Coast-to-Coast Road Swing at GW on Tuesday

Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC men's soccer team (2-3-0) opens a four-game road trip on Tuesday, Sept. 17 when the Retrievers make the short trip to Foggy Bottom to take on the George Washington (2-2-1) Colonials.

Kick off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at the GW Soccer Field and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Last Time Out: Host UMBC exploded for three goals in the first 13 minutes of play and decisively defeated Long Island, 5-1, to cap a five-game season opening homestand on Saturday evening at Retriever Soccer Park.

The Retrievers – who equaled their cumulative four-game goal totals in the first 12:49 of the game – improved to 2-3-0 on the season.

Five different players scored for the Retrievers. Freshman Dadi Ingason (Hafnarfjodur, Iceland) led the way early, assisting on the game's first goal and scoring his first collegiate goal moments later. Freshman Ryan Becher (Hummelstown, Pa.) scored the game's first goal in the fourth minute, tallying his second of the season. Sophomore Alejandro Arbelaez (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley), senior Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) and sophomore Jackson Becher (Hummelstown, Pa.) added the other Retriever tallies.

Stat Lines: Ryan Becher and Pulliam have each tallied twice for UMBC, while Ingason and Arbelaez each have a goal and a helper.  

Sophomore netminder Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood), who recorded a season-best six saves versus LIU, has permitted six goals (1.20 GAA) in all 450 minutes of play.

O, Brother!: Brothers Ryan and Jackson Becher (Hummelstown, Pa.) both scored goals in UMBC's 5-1 win over LIU on Saturday. Ryan, a freshman scored his second goal of the season just 66 seconds into the game, while Jackson, a sophomore, tallied with only 1:46 remaining.

Nine sets of brothers have played for UMBC soccer and the last time a duo scored goals in one game occurred on Sept. 7, 2008, when Andrew and Dan Bulls hit the nets in a 3-2 win over Adelphi.  

Scouting the Colonials: After an 0-2-1 start, the Colonials have posted back-to-back shutout wins over Liberty (3-0) and Brown (2-0). Max Holdsworth and Sandro Weber scored in the first 24 minutes and Justin Grady made three saves in the Saturday afternoon home triumph over the Bruins.

Holdsworth lead GW with a pair of goals and three assists on the season. Grady, a freshman, has played all 470 minutes of action in the nets and has 19 saves, against five goals allowed.

The Colonials struggled to a record of 5-9-3 in 2018, including a mark of 1-5-2 in the Atlantic 10 a year ago. Junior Oscar Haynes-Brown had a brilliant campaign, scoring 11 goals and earning First Team All A-10 honors. Haynes-Brown has not seen any action to date for the Colonials.

All-Time Series: This will be the 20th time the two sides will meet with the Retrievers holding an 11-4-4 record against the Colonials, going unbeaten in the last nine at 8-0-1. The last setback by the Retrievers came back in 1997. The teams are competing for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.

Last season, UMBC triumphed, 3-1, at Retriever Soccer Park on Senior Night. Sophomore Cesare Marconi (Genoa, Italy) gave the Retrievers a lead they would not relinquish in the 12th minute.

Up Next: The Retrievers head to the west coast to take on UC-Santa Barbara on Sunday, Sept. 22. Game time from Harder Stadium is 7:00 p.m. PDT.