Men's Soccer Hunts for Road Success at Binghamton Saturday Evening

Men's Soccer Hunts for Road Success at Binghamton Saturday Evening

BALTIMORE - The Retriever men's soccer team (5-7-1, 0-3-1 America East) travels to New York for the only time this season when they take on the Binghamton Bearcats (4-7-2, 1-3-0) on Saturday, Oct. 26. Kick-off time at the Bearcats Sports Complex is set for 7:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.


Retriever Review: The Retrievers were scheduled to host Navy on Tuesday, Oct. 22, but heavy rains in the region that day forced a postponement.


Previously, UMBC dropped a heart-breaking 2-1 overtime decision to visiting UAlbany in chilly conditions at Retriever Soccer Park on October 19.  


Retriever sophomore forward Alejandro Arbelaez (Batlimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) scored his third goal of the season to knot the score at 1-1 in the 55'.


Classmate Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) was dazzling in the UMBC net, making a season-high seven saves.


But the Great Danes scored on a scramble in front of the goal in the 96' to win for the first-time ever at Retriever Soccer Park.


Jones' seven saves were one shy of his career high as he stopped eight Binghamton attempts last October.


Stat Check: Freshman Ryan Becher (Hummelstown, Pa.) leads the team in goals (4) and points (11).


Becher is tied for sixth in America East in goals and points scored. Senior midfielder Colin Weyant (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) paces the team and is tied for second in the conference with four assists.


Becher and classmate Dadi Ingason (Hafnarfjoduer, Iceland) own three assists each. Ingason (2g, 3a) and senior Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) (3g, 1a) have contributed seven points apiece.


Jones has played every game so far in between the posts, registering 42 saves (fourth in America East) to go along with a 1.20 goals against average.


Scouting the Bearcats: Binghamton is 2-1-1 in its last four games including a come-from-behind 3-2 win at Stony Brook one week ago. Most recently, BU played host Bucknell to a 1-1 double OT draw on Tuesday.


The Bearcats trailed Stony Brook, 2-0 with 26 minutes left in regulation but staged a furious rally to pull out the victory.Junior midfielder Noah Luescher netted the game-winning goal on a free kick in the 82nd minute. Freshman forward Oliver Svalander scored the Bearcats' first two goals just four minutes apart early midway through the second half.  


Leuscher is fourth in America East in scoring with five goals and 12 total points. Freshman goalkeeper Mats Roorda has earned the bulk of the playing time in the net, but sophomore P.J. Parker earned the win over the Seawolves.


Binghamton is 3-2-1 at home this season.


Inside the Series: This will be the 20th meeting between the two schools, with the Bearcats holding a slim 8-7-4 overall record. UMBC is 3-5-2 in ten overall matches in Vestal, N.Y.


The Retrievers snapped a three-game winless streak versus Binghamton with a 1-0 victory at Retriever Soccer Park last October. BU outshot UMBC, 15-10, including eight on goal, but Jones turned them all aside and the Retrievers scored on their lone shot on goal in the 22'.


The two teams played to a 1-1 double OT draw in the 2017 contest in Binghamton.


Up Next: UMBC is slated to meet Vermont in Burlington in the next contest on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2:00 p.m.