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Men’s Soccer @ Binghamton Preview (AEC Quarterfinals)

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Projected Starters:

#5 UMBC (12-5-0, 3-4):
F- Andrew Bulls (15 goals, 10 assists, 40 SOG)
F- Levi Houapeu (14 goals, 11 assists, 30 SOG)

M- Dustin Dzwonkowski (3 goals, 2 assists, 5 SOG)
M- Dave Vaeth (0 goals, 2 assists, 2 SOG)
M- John Paul Waraksa (0 goals, 3 assists, 0 SOG)
M- Milo Kapor (1 goal, 3 assists, 11 SOG)
B- Sean Rothe (17 Starts)
B- Chris Williams (12 Starts, 1 goal)
B- Liam Paddock (16 Starts)
B- Vince Savarese (17 Starts)
GK- Phil Saunders (60 Saves, 20 Goals against, .750 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Matt Knight (3 goals, 2 assists, 5 SOG)
M- Andy Streilein (1 goal, 1 assists, 4 SOG)
M- Mark Lubetkin (0 goals, 4 assists, 2 SOG)
B- Joe Green (10 games played)

#4 Binghamton (9-8-1, 4-3-0):
F- Jake Keegan (6 goals, 3 assists, 42 Shots)
F- Andy Tiedt (2 goals, 0 assists, 27 Shots)
M- Greg Mathers (2 goals, 0 assists, 14 Shots)
M- Matt Robertson (0 goals, 1 assist, 1 Shot)
M- Scott Zobre (2 goals, 4 assists, 32 Shots)
M- Chris Terry (0 goals, 0 assists, 3 Shots)
B- Kyle Manscuk (18 Starts, 3 goals)
B- Liam Carson (18 Starts, 1 goal)
B- Kyle Kurcharski (18 Starts, 2 goals)
B- Austin Hughes (6 Starts)
GK- Jason Stenta (85 Saves, 19 Goals Allowed, .817 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Adam Whitehead (1 goal, 1 assist, 15 Shots)
M- Tyler Bailey (2 goals, 1 assist, 9 Shots)
M- Joel Collins (13 Games Played)
B- Yusuf Yusuf (13 Games Played, 1 goal)
B- Josh Sailar (13 Games Played, 1 goal)
B- Austin Hughes (12 Games Played)

Expect a little bit of change for the Retrievers for this game. The last two games the team has not played well at all and if they lose, there is no tomorrow. this is where they get their best players on the field to try and win and advance to the next round.

The forward position is set, Bulls and Houapeu are first team all-conference players for a reason, they are good. Both have had brilliant games this season and both have had bad games this year, but there is nobody on the team that puts the Retrievers in a better chance to win at forward.

The midfield is where you should see some shuffling. While Chris Williams is making his return at back Sean Rothe no longer has to be his replacement, but Jason McCarron is still suffering from his injury suffered mid way through the season and probably won’t see the field because of it, so Rothe will have to stay in the back as the fourth guy, but he won’t be afraid to take the ball up the field if he sees his chance.

Dustin Dzwonkowski has really shined lately. In the two losses to close out the season he was one of the better players on the field and has worked his way into the starting lineup. Mark Lubetkin and Andy Streilein however have worked their way out of it. Each have had great moments but in the last two games (heck I’ll even through in Albany) they did not have good games at all, but they should still see the field during the game. While Milo Kapor and John Paul Waraksa have been rocks in the midfield this year the fourth guy should be Dave Vaeth, who has been playing well in practice and may be ready to step up and take over a starting role for this post season.

The last time the two teams played Binghamton routed the Retrievers 4-0, so it will be tough for UMBC to come back from that since it was also their last game (and it is in the same place). Jake Keegan has come on strong lately and will be the Bearcat’s go-to-scorer. But what makes Binghamton so dangerous is their defense. Kyle Manscuk, Kyle Kucharski, and Liam Carson are three of the top defenders in the conference while Jason Stenta has been on of the top goalies in the conference four a while, but the three field players are all dangerous on the offensive end as well while their midfielders are perfectly capable of stepping back and defending well if one takes the ball up the field.

But it is a do or die situation for both teams and the last game doesn’t matter, they win and they go one, they lose and they go home.

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Men’s Soccer vs. Binghamton Preview

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UMBC (12-4-0, 3-3-0):
F- Andrew Bulls (15 goals, 10 assists, 38 SOG)
F- Levi Houapeu (14 goals, 11 assists, 28 SOG)

M- Sean Rothe (1 goal, 1 assists, 4 SOG)
M- John Paul Waraksa (0 goals, 3 assists, 0 SOG)
M- Mark Lubetkin (0 goals, 4 assists, 1 SOG)
M- Andy Streilein (1 goal, 1 assists, 4 SOG)
B- Jason McCarron (11 Starts)
B- Chris Williams (12 Starts)
B- Liam Paddock (15 Starts)
B- Vince Savarese (16 Starts)
GK- Phil Saunders (58 Saves, 16 Goal Allowed, .784 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Matt Knight (3 goals, 2 assists, 7 SOG)
M- Dustin Dzwonkowski (3 goals, 2 assists, 5 SOG)
M- Milo Kapor (1 goal, 3 assists, 11 SOG)
M- Dave Vaeth (0 goals, 2 assists, 0 SOG)
B- Joe Green (9 games played)

Binghamton (8-7-1, 3-3-0):
F- Jake Keegan (5 goals, 3 assists, 39 Shots)
F- Adam Whitehead (1 goal, 0 assists, 11 Shots)
F- Scott Zobre (2 goals, 0 assists, 27 Shots)
M- Chris Terry (0 goals, 0 assists, 1 Shot)
M- C.J. Scirto (0 goals, 0 assists, 0 Shots)
M- Kyle Kurcharski (2 goals, 6 assists, 15 Shots)
B- Kyle Manscuk (2 goals, 0 assists, 7 Shots)
B- Liam Carson (16 Starts)
B- Matt Robertson (10 Starts)
B- Austin Hughes (4 Starts)
GK- Jason Stenta (73 Saves, 17 Goals Allowed, .811 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Andy Tiedt (2 goals, 0 assists, 27 Shots)
M- Greg Mathers (1 goal, 0 assists, 13 Shots)
M- Tyler Bailey (1 goal, 0 assists, 8 Shots)
M- Yusuf Yusuf (1 goal, 0 assists, 6 Shots)
M- Josh Sailar (1 goal 0 assists, 6 Shots)
B- Joel Collins (11 games played)

The season finale, a win and UMBC earns the three seed in the America East Tournament and will host Boston University, a loss and they hit the road as the five seed and go to Stony Brook. It is a very difficult situation to be in. No matter what the standings are nobody wants to play Boston U in the first round, except maybe Binghamton (who would play them in Binghamton is they beat UMBC) because the Terriers never play well there. UMBC is almost better off with a loss. They would play Stony Brook (who they beat 2-0) and then most likely travel to New Hampshire to play a team that is undefeated in conference play but is not as good as the record. But under no circumstances do teams throw games. They want that win, they want to go into the tournament on a high mark, they want to play a home game, and most of all, they want to beat Binghamton who has been one of the top teams in America East soccer for a long time.

Men’s Soccer vs. Hartford Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (12-3-0, 3-2-0):
F- Andrew Bulls (15 goals, 10 assists, 38 SOG)
F- Levi Houapeu (14 goals, 11 assists, 28 SOG)

M- Mark Lubetkin (0 goals, 4 assists, 1 SOG)
M- John Paul Waraksa (0 goals, 3 assists, 0 SOG)
M- Milo Kapor (1 goal, 3 assists, 11 SOG)
M- Andy Streilein (1 goal, 1 assist, 4 SOG)
B- Sean Rothe (15 Starts)
B- Vince Savarese (15 Starts)
B- Liam Paddock (14 Starts)
B- Jason McCarron (10 Starts)
GK- Phil Saunders (52 Saves, 13 Goals Allowed, .800 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Matt Knight (3 goals, 2 assists, 7 SOG)
M- Dustin Dzwonkowski (3 goals, 2 assists, 5 SOG)
M- Dave Vaeth (0 goals, 2 assists, 0 SOG)
B- Joe Green (9 games played)

Hartford (6-6-2, 3-1-1):
F- Carlos Villa (8 goals, 1 assist, 25 SOG)
F- Patrick Boucher (2 goals, 2 assists, 5 SOG)
F- Howard Wong (0 goals, 1 assist, 5 SOG)
M- Jamie Thomas (0 goals, 0 assist, 5 SOG)
M- Ivan Guarin (3 goals, 2 assists, 18 SOG)
M- James Stamopoulos (0 goals, 4 assists, 5 SOG)
M- Sam Groves (0 goals, 0 assists, 4 SOG)
B- Bojan Delibasic (13 Starts)
B- Cedomir Tomcic (14 Starts)
B- Jorge Rodriguez (13 Starts)
GK- Nenad Cudic (45 saves, 15 goals allowed, .750 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Vernon Perinchief (2 goals, 0 assists, 5 SOG)
F- Andreas Blamo (0 goals, 0 assists, 8 SOG)
M- Kevin Hall (1 goal, 0 assists, 3 SOG)
M- Kevin Lewis (0 goals, 0 assists, 1 SOG)
B- Anthony Buehler (10 games played)

It’s no secret what Hartford does to win games. They use their midfield to set up Carlos Villa to score while on offense. By not using the midfielders to attack, they are rarely ever out of position on defense and they prevent the other team from getting into any rhythm at all. The game plan has been very successful for the Hawks in recent years as they have proven to be one of the top teams time and time again. It will be a very interesting game. UMBC is playing great soccer right now and have one of the most explosive offenses in the country with three scorers with the emergence of Dustin Dzwonkowski last week. The problem will be the defense. Villa is without a doubt on of the top players in the conference and is a threat to score every time he has the ball. With Chris Williams not even traveling with the team because of his leg injury the unit will once again be shuffled around. While they have played great team defense the last two games you always have to worry when going against an offense like Hartford’s. But if UMBC can continue their streak and get past Hartford they could be a win (or tie) away from the number two seed.

Men’s Soccer vs. Albany Preview- Win and In

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UMBC (11-3-0, 2-2-0)
F- Andrew Bulls (15 goals, 7 assists, 34 SOG)
F- Levi Houepau (11 goals, 10 assists, 25 SOG)

M- Mark Lubetkin (0 goals, 3 assists, 1 SOG)
M- John Paul Waraksa (0 goals, 2 assists, 0 SOG)
M- Milo Kapor (1 goal, 3 assists, 11 SOG)
M- Andy Streilein (1 goal, 1 assist, 4 SOG)
B- Sean Rothe (14 Starts)
B- Vince Savarese (14 starts)
B- Liam Paddock (13 Starts)
B- Jason McCarron (9 Starts)
GK- Phil Saunders (51 Saves, 12 Goals Allowed, .810 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Matt Knight (3 goals, 1 assist, 6 SOG)
M- Dustin Dzwonkowski (1 goal, 2 assists, 2 SOG)
M- Dave Vaeth (0 goals, 2 assists, 0 SOG)
B- Joe Green (8 games played)

Albany (0-11-3, 0-4-1)
F- Bo Jelovac (2 goals, 1 assist, 14 SOG)
F- Shaun Kane (0 goals, 0 assists, 6 SOG)
F- Claudio Dantas (0 goals, 1 assist, 12 SOG)
M- Ian Peach (1 goal, 0 assists, 8 SOG)
M- Sean Traverso (0 goals, 0 assists, 2 SOG)
M- Anthony DeSalvo (0 goals, 1 assist, 9 SOG)
B- Konner McNamara (13 Starts)
B- Milos Jankovic (14 Starts)
B- Rikkert Pilaar (12 Starts)
B- Davis Burke (5 Starts)
GK- Adrian Foncette (95 Saves, 20 Goals Allowed, .826 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- David Hawksworth (1 goal, 0 assists, 2 SOG)
M- Darko Knezevic (0 goals, 0 assists, 2 SOG)
B- David Pinto (11 games played)

Win and in. It’s that simple. IF UMBC wins they cannot be bumped out of the conference tournament because Albany is eliminated and Vermont and Boston University still play and the loser is the second team out. UMBC still has three games left and needs just one win (or three ties) to get in but still have a chance to make a huge run and move up to the second or third seed in the tournament.

But this has the makings of a trap game. Albany has just not gotten it together this year. They have only scored five goals but last years two top scorers: Claundio Dantas and Shaun Kane, who combined for 17 goals last season, have yet to record any this year. But it’s no secret that they can score.

They also haven’t been blown out much this year. They have played 14 games this year, ties Vermont, Siena, and Costal Carolina all on the road. They lost games to Northeastern and Fairfield in overtime, and a total of 8 games by one goal with the biggest losses come against Colgate, Pennsylvania, and Temple, all three of whom are solid programs.

But it’s a game that UMBC has to win. They have to ride the momentum of their big win in Boston to a winning streak that may produce a conference championship.

Men’s Soccer vs. Boston U Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (10-3-0, 1-2-0):
F- Andrew Bulls (15 goals, 6 assists, 34 SOG)
F- Levi Houapeu (10 goals, 9 assists, 23 SOG)

M- Sean Rothe (1 goal, 1 assist, 4 SOG)
M- John Paul Waraksa (0 goals, 2 assists, 0 SOG)
M- Mark Lubetkin (0 goals, 3 assists, 1 SOG)
M- Andy Streilein (1 goal, 1 assist, 4 SOG)
B- Jason McCarron (8 Starts)
B- Chris Williams (12 Starts)
B- Liam Paddock (12 starts)
B- Vince Savarese (13 Starts)
GK- Phil Saunders (47 Saves, 11 Goals Allowed, .810 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Matt Knight (3 goals, 1 assist, 6 SOG)
M- Milo Kapor (1 goal, 3 assists, 10 SOG)
M- Dave Vaeth (0 goals, 2 assists, 0 SOG)
M- Dustin Dzwonkowski (0 goals, 1 assist, 1 SOG)
B- Joe Green (8 games played)

Boston U (7-5-2, 1-3-0):
F- Aaron O’Neal (9 goals, 3 assist, 15 SOG)
F- Stephen Knox (2 goals, 1 assist, 7 SOG)
F- Ade Akinsanya (0 goals, 1 assist, 6 SOG)
M- Rochy Dorman (1 goal, 1 assist, 2 SOG)
M- Samuel Appiah (4 goals, 3 assists, 13 SOG)
M- Michael Bustamante (1 goal, 8 assists, 6 SOG)
M- Ben Berube (1 goal, 4 assists, 14 SOG)
M- Ben Havey (10 Starts)
B- Matthew Shea (13 Starts)
GK- Hrafn Davidsson (44 Saves, 14 Goals Allowed, .759 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Nick Prunier (1 goals, 1 assist, 5 SOG)
F- Shaun Taylor (9 goals in 2008 injured this season but supposedly making comeback)
M- Tim Strackhouse (0 goals, 1 assist, 2 SOG)
M- Ryan Shea (0 goals, 0 assist, 3 SOG)
M- Theo Terris (10 games played)

With two conference losses the men’s soccer team is in almost a must win against Boston U. Meanwhile the Terriers are coming off three straight conference losses and are practically in a win or go home game. If anybody would have said that this game could potentially kick the loser out of the tournament a few weeks ago I would have laughed. But as we see it is. Part of the reason Boston U and UMBC have struggled in conference play is because they like to play soccer. The America East is a physical conference and if you are a team that likes to use technique and skill to win you will struggle because teams will take you out of a rhythm to beat you. Another reason though is Boston U has been without Shaun Taylor this year, there best player from last year. Though this is supposedly the game he is going to make a return, you don’t know how a player can come back. But the cupboard is far from bare in Boston. Samuel Appiah, Aaron O’Neal, and Michael Bustamante very well may be the best trio of offensive players in the conference. Bustamante runs the team very well and his main targets are Appiah or O’Neal. But not UMBC has something going for them. They are healthy. They played with a very injured team the last two games and now Chris Williams will be back. Jason McCarron and Joe Green and healthy, and Liam Paddock is back from his one game suspension. The only worry is Levi Houapeu has four yellow cards. If he gets anything in the first half he is out for not only the next game but the second half. But UMBC definitely has a shot to win. Andrew Bulls and Houapeu are one and three in the nation in scoring for a reason, and Phil Saunders is making a name for himself in goal. The freshman have been playing well and with the defense back they can compete. They just have to get that confidence back in them to get the job done.

Men’s Soccer Loses to Longwood in Overtime, 3-2

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Horrible weather, poor field conditions, and injuries added up to a shocking UMBC loss against Longwood in their homecoming game. UMBC definitely outplayed Longwood but in soccer it doesn’t matter who played better, it matters who finished better and who takes advantage of their opportunities.

In the 24th minute Andrew Bulls put UMBC on the score board after he chested in a shot by Mark Lubetkin for his 15th goal of the year. Just five minutes later Levi Houapeu scored his 10th goal of the year off a rebound of a Bulls shot that was set up by Lubetkin.

But just nine minutes later the score was tied at two after Brian Germain knocked in a ball to the far left corner and two minutes later Harvey Headley tapped in the ball in front of the goal following a corner.

With the game tied at two, the teams battled hard but would not score a goal the rest of regulation. UMBC certainly had plenty of opportunities to put the game away but just could not finish. In the second half Houapeu had an open shot that hit the post, and on the rebound he knocked it high. Then on another golden opportunity Houapeu kicked the ball wide. Following that Mark Lubetkin put the ball in the net after a scramble in front of the goal, but was called off sides, which took the score off the board. Finally, Bulls had a great one-one-one opportunity against Longwood’s goalkeeper Joel Helmick, but Helmick came up with a great save to keep the game tied.

Ninety minutes proved to to be long enough to settle the game. But 94 minutes was. Just four minutes into overtime Chris Saul netted a game winning goal to spoil UMBC’s homecoming and drop them to 10-3-0.

the injuries to the defense however did play a major factor in the game. Chris Williams was out with a knee injury. Liam Paddock was suspended for the game after being tallied for five yellow card. In their place inside were right back Vince Savarese and midfielder Dustin Dzwonkowski purely for his height. On the outside both Jason McCarron and Joe Green made their way back into the starting lineup but neither one was playing healthy.

Though the game did not effect their conference record, UMBC will be in a do-or-die game against Boston University on Oct. 21 in Boston.

#23 Men’s Soccer vs. New Hampshire Preview

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Projected Starters:

UMBC (10-1-0, 1-1-0):
F- Andrew Bulls (14 goals, 5 assists, 29 SOG)
F- Levi Houapeu (9 goals, 9 assists, 20 SOG)

M- Dave Vaeth (0 goals, 2 assists, 0 SOG)
M- John Paul Waraksa (0 goals, 2 assists, 0 SOG)
M- Milo Kapor (1 goal, 2 assists, 10 SOG)
M- Andy Streilein (1 goal, 1 assist, 3 SOG)
B- Sean Rothe (11 Starts)
B- Chris Williams (11 Starts)
B- Vince Savarese (11 Starts)
B- Jason McCarron (11 Starts)
GK- Phil Saunders (41 Saves, 6 Goals Allowed, .872 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Matt Knight (3 goals, 1 assist, 6 SOG)
M- Mark Lubetkin (0 goals, 1 assist, 1 SOG)
M- Dustin Dzwonkowski (0 goals, 1 assist, 1 SOG)

New Hampshire (4-5-1, 1-0-0):
F- Dylan George (1 goal, 1 assist, 11 shots)
F- Jordan Thomas (2 goals, 0 assists, 11 shots)
F- Chris Banks (3 goals, 1 assist, 33 shots)
M- Brad Hilton (0 goals, 2 assists, 0 shots)
M- Marcus Barr (0 goals, 0 assists, 9 shots)
M- Josh Bronner (0 goals, 0 assists, 6 shots)
B- Robin Gerum (10 Starts)
B- Alex Russell (6 Starts)
B- Joe Corsello (9 Starts)
B- Alex Hussein (8 Starts)
GK- Colin O’Connell (26 saves, 8 goals allowed, .765 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Sean Coleman (1 goal, 2 assists, 8 shots)
F- Charlie Roche (1 goal, 0 assists, 4 shots)
F- Joe Annese (1 goal, 0 assists, 3 shots)
M- Gustav Nilsson (0 goals, 0 assists, 6 shots)
B- Ryan McNabb (9 games played)

This again is going to be a tough test for UMBC. New Hampshire may have a losing record but anytime you go into Boston and take down one of the best teams in the nation (Boston U ranked #15 by College Soccer News) you’re a good team. They are rough, but all teams in the America East are.

But the biggest challenge will be the lack of depth for UMBC. Liam Paddock and Joe Green are both expected to be out of the match with foot injuries obtained last week. Paddock went down with an injured heal and Green went down with a rolled ankle and both have been saying they don’t think they’ll be ready. To top it off Mark Lubetkin’s injured arm last last game turned out to be a broken wrist he suffered in practice, but luckily he played great against Stony Brook and it didn’t seem to bother him at all.

New Hampshire is a very technically sound- yet rough- team. They are scrappy on defense and will make UMBC work. Luckily the Retrievers have Andrew Bulls and Levi Houapeu on the offense, who have made the best forward combo in the nation and have had no problems scoring this year. They are also working with a midfield that has handled the ball very well this year. And behind them is the shuffled defense. But last game they proved it didn’t matter if they were moved around, the defense played great and took a lot of pressure off Phil Saunders in the game.

If they can continue to adjust to the rough style of America East play they can win this game but New Hampshire will make it hard for them.