The UMBC men's soccer team (3-4-0) opens its 17th America East Conference slate at UMass Lowell (4-2-1) on Saturday, Sept. 28. Game time at Cushing Field is set for 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the America East digital network (https://portal.stretchinternet.com/uml/)
Last Time Out
UMBC saw its two-match winning streak halted, as the Retrievers fell, 4-0, at UC-Santa Barbara on Sunday evening. The Retrievers were outshot for the first time this season, as they were on the short end of an 18-7 margin. Sophomore goalkeeper Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) was credited with four saves. The Retrievers took three of the game's four corner kicks.
After scoring three goals in their first four contests, the Retrievers tallied nine times in wins over LIU (5-1) and GW (4-1) The nine goals 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 midfielder Ryan Becher (Hummelstown, Pa.) has scored four goals in his first seven intercollegiate contests. He leads the team in scoring, followed by freshman forward Dadi Ingason (Hafnarfjodur, Iceland) (2g, 2a), sophomore midfielder Alejandro Arbelaez (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) (2g, 1a) and senior midfielder Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) (2g, 1a).
Pulliam is UMBC's active career leader in scoring with 10 goals and 25 total points.
Jones has been in goal for all 630 minutes of action in 2019 and is maintaining a 1.57 goals against average. He earned his tenth career victory (10-6-2) with a 4-1 win over GW on Sept. 17.
Ryan Becher and his brother - sophomore Jackson - both scored in the 5-1 win over LIU. 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.
UMBC is 55-47-18 in 16 previous seasons of America East play. The Retrievers have four league titles this decade, occurring in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
UMBC is 5-6-5 in 16 previous America East opening contests.
Scouting the River Hawks
UMass Lowell has won three straight decisions, all by a single goal and the last two have been 1-0 shutouts. Most recently, the River Hawks blanked big sister UMass, 1-0, in Amherst on Sept. 21. Freshman Mario Mora Perez broke a scoreless tie in the 65th minute with his first career goal. The River Hawk defense held the hosts without a shot on goal in 90 minutes.
Since an opening 4-0 loss at Providence, UML has allowed only six goals in their last six contests.
Graduate student forward Stanley Alves leads the River Hawks with two goals and two assists on the season. Sophomore linemate Renato Kauzlaric is the team leader with four helpers. Sophomore goalkeeper Patrik Gujic (1.37 gaa) has played all but 11 minutes on the season and has needed to make only 12 saves.
UML is 1-1-1 at Cushing Field in 2019.
Last Year's Match-Up/ All-Time Series
After starting the America East season 0-2, the Retrievers got a much-needed win over the River Hawks by a 3-1 count last Oct. 6. After a scoreless first half, Kyle Saunderson tallied early in the second half and the Retrievers added two goals before a late UML tally prevented the shutout.
The win snapped a two-game slide for UMBC versus the River Hawks and improved the all-time series lead to 4-2 for the Retrievers. UMBC is 2-1 at Cushing Field, but UML won the last decision, 3-2, in 2017.
UMBC heads back out on the road, taking on Harford in America East play on Saturday, Oct. 5. The game time at Al-Marzook Field is set for 7:00 p.m.