Weyant and Becher Connect Twice; Men's Soccer Rolls Past GW, 4-1

Weyant and Becher Connect Twice; Men's Soccer Rolls Past GW, 4-1

WASHINGTON, D.C. – UMBC freshman midfielder Ryan Becher (Hummelstown, Pa.) scored twice off a  pair of senior Colin Weyant (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) corner kicks and a suddenly explosive Retriever men's soccer squad knocked off George Washington, 4-1, at the GW Soccer Field.

UMBC has now won two straight to even their mark at 3-3-0 on the season, while halting a two-game Colonial (2-3-1) winning streak. GW had outscored its past two opponents, 5-0.  

After scoring three goals in their first four contests, the Retrievers have tallied nine times in the last two. That is the most in a two-game span since posting 10 goals versus Hartford (7-1) and Binghamton (3-0) in back-to-back games in October of 2012.

Freshman forward Dadi Ingason (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) recorded a goal and an assist for the second consecutive game, while Weyant recorded his first multiple-point game of his career.

Becher now has four goals in his first six intercollegiate contests.

"We just have a different mentality as far as going forward," explained head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. regarding the new-found offensive prowess. "It's fun for me to watch, but we have to continue to work at improving every day."

The first segment of the game was evenly played, but UMBC struck quickly in the 19th minute.  Freshman midfielder Julian Conze (Telgte, Germany) drove down the left side and sent a hard, ground-hugging pass towards the far post, where Ingason ran onto it and re-directed it in from five yards out.

Exactly three minutes later (21:30), the left-footed Weyant hooked a corner kick deep into the box, where the 6'3" Becher headed it past GW netminder Justin Grady to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.

The host Colonials started to press and were rewarded when Sandro Weber scored in the 31st minute and went to intermission down, 2-1.

In the 62nd minute, senior back Nick Gumbs (Damascus, Md./Damascus) cranked off a pair of shots and the second saved effort resulted in a corner. Weyant and Becher duplicated their feat of the first half and the Retrievers regained their two-goal cushion.

Sophomore Alejandro Arbelaez (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) continued his prowess from long range to give UMBC its fourth goal. The central midfielder, who scored from just outside the box versus LIU, took quick passes from Ingason and senior midfielder Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) and connected from well outside the box to cap the scoring in the 76th minute.

UMBC put nine of 14 shots on target, scoring four times and forcing Grady to make five stops. Retriever sophomore netminder Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) responded with four saves on 13 Colonial shots and has now allowed one goal in each of the Retrievers' last five games.

The Retrievers head to the west coast for a Sunday evening first-time match-up with UC-Santa Barbara. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. PDT.