Men's Soccer Hosts No. 13 UNH on Saturday as Part of #Homecoming2019

Men's Soccer Hosts No. 13 UNH on Saturday as Part of #Homecoming2019

BALTIMORE - The Retriever men's soccer team (4-5-1, 0-1-1 America East) plays their first of only three home America East contests as No. 13 UNH (8-0-2, 2-0-0) invades Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday in a rematch of the 2018 America East title game.

The game broadcast is available on the America East digital network.

 

The contest is a central feature of UMBC's #Homecoming2019.

 

UMBC will honor members of the 1999 NEC championship team in halftime ceremonies. That squad led the nation in winning percentage and was UMBC's first Division I squad to advance to the NCAA's.

  

Retriever Review: Junior forward Sam Solomon (Fort Meade, Md./Meade) scored his first two career goals as the host Retrievers exploded with four second half scores and defeated Liberty, 4-1, in ideal conditions at Retriever Soccer Park on Tuesday. UMBC halted a three-game winless and scoreless streak and improved to 4-5-1 in the non-conference match-up. 

 

Senior midfielders Nick Gumbs (Damascus, Md.) and Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) recorded the other UMBC tallies. Freshman midfielder Ryan Becher (Hummelstown, Pa.) drew primary assists on both Solomon goals.

 

Solomon's two-goal effort matched Becher's two-goal afternoon versus George Washington last month, while Becher's two-assist game equalized Weyant's two helpers in the same contest.

 

Becher has been the leader for the offense in his freshman campaign, leading the team in goals (4) and points (10). Dadi Ingason (Hafnarfjodur, Iceland) (2g, team-high 3 a) and Pulliam have seven points apiece.

 

Sophomore goalkeeper Quantrell Jones has played every game so far in between the posts, registering 30 saves to go along with a 1.27 goals against average.

 

Scouting the Wildcats: Defending America East champion and pre-season favorite UNH is undefeated in 10 contests, winning eight and drawing in a pair. The Wildcats are ranked No. 13 in the latest United Soccer poll.

 

UNH is 2-0-0 and tied with UMass Lowell for first place in the America East Conference. The Wildcats have won a pair of league home games, upending Binghamton, 2-0, on Sept. 27 and Stony Brook, 1-0, in their last contest on Oct. 4. 

 

UNH has won six straight, after back-to-back draws at Colgate (0-0, Sept. 6) and Syracuse (2-2, Sept. 8).

 

Junior Jacob Gould scored the game winner with two seconds left in the first half as New Hampshire defeated the Stony Brook Seawolves, 1-0. UNH outshot Stony Brook, 25-5, while the Wildcats posted nine shots on goal and the Seawolves posted two.

 

Gould, along with graduate student midfielder Fabian Lutz and senior midfielder Antonio Coloacci lead UNH with three goals apiece. Junior fullback Josh Bauer is the team leader with four assists.

 

Graduate student goalkeeper Alejandro Robles has only permitted four goals, while playing over 860 minutes this season. He has five shutouts and sports a 0.42 goals against average.

 

Inside the Series: This will be the 22nd meeting between the two schools with the Retrievers holding a slim 8-7-6 lead in the series.

 

The Retrievers lost a pair of games at UNH last season, dropping a 1-0 decision in the regular season and a 5-0 setback in the America East title game.