Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC men's soccer team (3-5-0, 0-1-0 America East) heads back out on the road, taking on a blazing hot Hartford (6-2-1, 1-0-0) squad in America East play on Saturday, Oct. 5.
The game time has been moved from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. as a safety precaution due to the mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus.
The contest will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Last Time Out
The host River Hawks scored late in the first half and the one score held up, as UMass Lowell defeated UMBC, 1-0, in the America East opener for both squads on September 28.
In the 76th minute, UMBC took a corner and the ball found the back of the net, but the Retrievers were whistled for a foul, nullifying the apparent game-tying goal.
UMBC opened the season with a pair of setbacks, then won three of four before dropping the last two decisions, both in shutouts.
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 eight 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.
Sophomore goalkeeper Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) has been in goal for all 720 minutes of action in 2019 and is maintaining a 1.50 goals against average. He earned his tenth career victory (10-7-2) with a 4-1 win over GW on Sept. 17, but is still searching for his first clean sheet of the 2019 campaign.
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 now 55-48-18 in 16 previous seasons of America East play. The Retrievers have four league titles this decade, occurring in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Scouting the Hawks
After dropping two straight in California to open the season, Hartford won six straight before battling Northeastern to a 1-1 double overtime draw on October 1.
The Hawks have excelled defensively, registering five consecutive shutouts before allowing a game-tying goal in the 12' at Northeastern. Senior goalkeeper Jimmy Slayton finished with a season high eight saves on 20 shots faced versus the Huskies.
Slayton (0.65 gaa) has been named the America East Defensive Player of the Week for the three consecutive weeks. His recently-ended shutout streak of five games is the longest since Hartford entered the Division I ranks.
Eight different Hawks have scored goals, led by Rasmus Karlsson and Kamer Nuhiu with two apiece. Karlsson, a junior forward, scored the game-winning goal in Hartford's conference-opening 1-0 victory over UAlbany on Sept. 28 and added a score versus Northeastern.
Last Year's Match-Up/ All-Time Series
Junior Cesare Marconi (Genoa, Italy) scored in the 94' as UMBC won a tough 1-0 overtime battle versus Hartford at Retriever Soccer Park last October 13. It was Marconi's fifth shot of the net that ended the contest, as Retrievers outshot the Hawks, 14-8.
The Retrievers and Hawks will be meeting for the 22nd time in the all-time series with UMBC holding an 11-7-3 lead. Last year's victory by UMBC snapped a three-game winless (0-2-1) streak versus the Hawks.
UMBC is 3-4-2 in nine prior contests at Al-Marzook Field. Hartford triumphed, 1-0, in the 2017 contest in West Hartford.
After four straight on the road, UMBC returns home to open a five-game homestand. It begins on Tuesday, Oct. 8 when the Liberty Flames provide non-conference competition.