Men's Soccer Welcomes Penn to RSP Tuesday Evening

photo by: Marlayna Demond
photo by: Marlayna Demond

BALTIMORE - The Retriever men's soccer team (4-6-1) steps out of league play for the penultimate time this season as the Penn Quakers (4-3-2) visit Retriever Soccer Park on Tuesday, Oct. 15.


The 7:00 p.m. game will be broadcast on ESPN+ with Paul Mittermeier and Andrew Wells, '02 on the call.


Retriever Review: Thirteenth-ranked New Hampshire scored an early second half goal and held off a scrappy UMBC side down the stretch to prevail, 1-0, in America East action. The game was played before a UMBC Homecoming crowd of 2,566, the fifth-largest in Retriever Soccer Park history.


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 last Tuesday. UMBC halted a three-game winless and scoreless streak with the non-conference victory.  


Senior midfielders Nick Gumbs (Damascus, Md./Damascus) 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 senior midfielder Colin Weyant's (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) 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). Freshman forward Dadi Ingason (Hafnarfjodur, Iceland) (2g, team-high 3 a) and Pulliam have seven points apiece.


Sophomore goalkeeper Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) has played every game so far in between the posts, registering 33 saves to go along with a 1.25 goals against average.


Scouting the Quakers: The Quakers are 4-3-2 and have opened Ivy League competition at 1-0-1. Penn defeated Cornell, 3-2, and just drew with Columbia, 1-1, 2ot on Sunday afternoon. 


The Quakers are 3-1-1 at home and 1-2-1 away from Rhodes Field this season.  


Penn recovered from an early deficit behind junior Joey Bhangdia's Ivy League-leading sixth goal of the season in the 11th minute to earn a 1-1 draw with Columbia on Sunday afternoon. The Lions jumped out early, scoring just 40 seconds into the game.


Bhangdia now leads the Ivy League with six goals this season. The six goals are the most for a Penn player in one season since Joe Swenson netted seven in 2017. No other Quaker has more than one goal on the season. Three players - Ben Stitz, Brandon Bartel and Jake Kohlbrenner share the team lead with two assists apiece. 


Sophomore goalkeeper Dane Jacomen has played all 850 minutes in the Penn nets and has 28 saves and three shutouts.


Seven of Penn's nine games have been decided by a single goal or ended in a draw. 


Inside the Series: The Retrievers and Quakers will be meeting for the fifth time with the Retrievers holding a 2-1-1 lead in the all-time series.


A season ago, the two teams played to a 0-0 2OT draw in Philadelphia. The Retrievers outshot the Quakers 15-11 in the contest, including 4-1 in shots on goal. 


This will be just the second meeting in Baltimore. UMBC won the first contest, 3-1, in the NCAA Tournament season of 1999.


Up Next: UMBC returns to America East play on Saturday, Oct. 19, when they host the UAlbany Great Danes. Kick-off time at Retriever Soccer Park is slated for 7:00 p.m.