Men's Soccer Hosts UAlbany in Key #AEMSOC Contest on Saturday Evening

photo by: Ian Feldmann
photo by: Ian Feldmann

BALTIMORE - The Retriever men's soccer team (5-6-1, 0-2-1 America East) host league rival UAlbany (6-4-1, 2-1-0 AE) in a critical match-up at Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday, Oct. 19.


The 7:00 p.m. game on the America East digital network with Paul Mittermeier on the call.


Retriever Review: UMBC senior midfielder Colin Weyant (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) scored the game's lone goal in the 58th minute as the Retrievers blanked visiting Penn, 1-0, before 2,017 fans at Retriever Soccer Park on Tuesday. 


Retriever sophomore netminder Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) posted his second shutout of the season. He made two saves, both in the first half, and his highlight-reel, leaping save of a Ben Stitz header, bound for the upper right corner in the 32nd minute kept the game scoreless.


After starting the season at 1-3 at RSP, UMBC has won three of the last four to even the home record at 4-4.


Freshman Ryan Becher (Hummelstown, Pa.), who drew the primary assist on Weyant's first goal of the season, leads the team in goals (4) and points (11). He is tied with classmate Dadi Ingason (Hafnarfjoduer, Iceland) with three assists each. Ingason (2g, 3a) and senior Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) (3g, 1a) have seven points apiece.


Jones has played every game so far in between the posts, registering 35 saves to go along with a 1.15 goals against average.


Scouting the Great Danes: UAlbany enters this evening's game on a three-game winning streak with convincing victories at Vermont (3-1) and versus Hofstra (4-1) and UMass Lowell (2-0) in the past two weeks.  


The Great Danes are 6-1-1 since opening the campaign with three consecutive setbacks.   


Sophomore forward Austin DaSilva scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season in the win over the UML River Hawks. DaSilva moved into third place all time in single-season program history in the Division I era.


He also scored twice in the 4-1 win over Hofstra on Oct. 8 and was named America East Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week.


UAlbany leads America East in scoring at 2.00 goals per game.  They have outscored their foes, 12-4 in first halves of games in 2019.


Freshman goalkeeper Isac Hjerten has started 10 of 11 games for the Great Danes. He has a pair of shutouts and a 1.17 goals against average.


Inside the Series: This will be the 18th meeting all-time between the Retrievers and Great Danes with UMBC leading the series 8-6-4.


A season ago, the Great Danes scored in the 17' and 81' minutes and prevailed, 2-0, in Albany.  


UMBC is 7-0-2 in nine previous matches vs. UAlbany at Retriever Soccer Park. In 2017, the Retrievers prevailed, 3-1, with Tre Pulliam scoring the insurance tally. 


Up Next: UMBC plays its final non-conference game of the year on Tuesday, October 22, when the Retrievers host Navy. Kick-off time at Retriever Soccer Park is slated for 7:00 p.m.