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Houapeu Named ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, Bulls Also Honored

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The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has named UMBC’s Levi Houapeu their top offensive player of the year in Men’s Soccer. The ECAC is the nations largest athletic conference and Houapeu has been awarded their top honor after recording 15 goals and 13 assists for a nation leading 43 points. Eight of his goals were game-winning goals.

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Written by Corey Johns

December 4, 2009 at 10:21 am

Men’s Soccer Drops Championship to Stony Brook, 2-0

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It was a game that nobody expected to happen. UMBC was picked to finish last in the eight team while Stony Brook was picked second. They are the two youngest teams in the conference with a combined 21 freshman, 13 of which started the game.

During the season UMBC got the best of Stony Brook with a 2-0 victory, but after that Stony Brook went 5-0-1 to get to the conference finals, while UMBC struggled but played very well in the tournament to get there.

While UMBC outplayed Stony Brook in the first half, they missed on some great chances, including a penalty kick from Levi Houapeu that was saved by the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship, Anthony Rogic.

At a dead locked 0-0 at the intermission, UMBC took a big hit in the 66th minute when Dave Vaeth received his second yellow card of the game, putting UMBC down a man for the remained of the game.

A minute later Stony Brook capitalized when Raphael Abreau scored after a misplayed ball by UMBC goalie Phil Saunders. Then in the 77th minute Freshman of the Year Leonardo Fernandes scored an insurance goal off a free kick to put Stony Brook up 2-0.

UMBC could not get anything going after that point and fell to the Seawolves.

While UMBC does end their season on a down note, next season they should be right back in the mix as they can potentially return every player on the roster, while adding four more players who were red shirted this season.

Written by Corey Johns

November 16, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Men’s Soccer vs. Stony Brook Preview (America East Conference Finals)

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Men’s Soccer Advances to America East Conference Finals With 2-1 Win Over Top Seeded New Hampshire

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What a difference a few weeks make. A few weeks ago UMBC played a terrible two games. Before that they lost 3-4 games including a 2-0 loss to New Hampshire which they could not get anything going. But these last two weeks when a loss ends their season they have been on fire, and playing well all over the field.

It was a completely different game than the last meeting the two had. This time UMBC came out on top with a 2-1 victory in Durham, New Hampshire.

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Freshman midfielder Mark Lubetkin opened the scoring in each of the last two games with a goal, which are his only two this season.

Once again freshman Mark Lubetkin opened the scoring with a goal but this time it took just nine minutes to do. In the 9th minute ha received a pass from Levi Houapeu and blasted the ball to the lower right corner from 30 yards out.

Just 32 minutes later UMBC got on the board again to go up 2-0 when another freshman, Milo Kapor, recorded his second goal of the season when he knocked a corner kick by Andrew Bulls into the top left corner of the goal.

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Freshman Milo Kapor recorded the game winner against New Hampshire. It was his second goal of the year.

With the 2-0 lead at the half UMBC could go into defensive mode. While they allowed one goal by first-team all-conference forward Chris Banks, they did not allow the Wildcats to get much going in the game, making them force bad shots and not being able to get the ball past freshman Phil Saunders, who recorded four saves in the game.

Basically, they are playing like they were in the beginning of the season. They are controlling the game. They are scoring goals. And they are playing great defense, largely in part to the addition of Chris Williams back into the starting lineup.

They are now just one game away from an NCAA tournament berth and will take on the winner of Hartford @ Stony Brook, which starts at 7:00 tonight.

Written by Corey Johns

November 11, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Men’s Soccer vs. New Hampshire Preview (America East Conference Semi-finals)

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (13-5-0, 3-4-0):
F- Andrew Bulls (15 goals, 10 assists, 41 SOG))
F- Levi Houapeu (15 goals, 12 assists, 32 SOG)

M- Dustin Dzwonkowski (3 goals, 2 assists, 5 SOG)
M- John Paul Waraksa (0 goals, 3 assists, 0 SOG)
M- Mark Lubetkin (1 goal, 4 assists, 3 SOG)
M- Dave Vaeth (0 goals, 2 assists, 2 SOG)
B- Sean Rothe (18 Starts, 1 Goal)
B- Chris Williams (13 Starts, 1 Goal)
B- Liam Paddock (17 Starts)
B- Vince Savarese (18 Starts)
GK- Phil Saunders (61 Saves, 21 Goals Allowed, .744%)

Key Reserves:
M- Milo Kapor (1 goal, 3 assists, 11 SOG)
M- Andy Streilein (1 goal, 1 assist, 4 SOG)

New Hampshire (9-6-1, 6-0-1):
F- Chris Banks (6 goals, 4 assists, 58 shots)
F- Joe Annese (2 goals, 0 assists, 5 shots)
F- Dylan George (4 goals, 3 assists, 25 shots)
M- Brad Hilton (0 goals, 3 assists, 14 shots)
M- Josh Bronner (1 goal, 0 assists, 12 shots)
M- Sean Coleman (1 goal, 2 assists, 11 shots)
B- Robin Gerum (16 Starts, 1 goal)
B- Alex Russell (13 Starts, 1 goal)
B- Joe Corsello (15 Starts)
B- Alex Hussein (15 Starts)
GK- Colin O’Donnell (54 Saves, 10 Goals Allowed, .844 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Jordon Thomas (3 goals, 1 assist, 19 shots)
F- Charlie Rocher (2 goals, 0 assists, 5 shots)
B- Gustav Nilsson (10 games played)
B- Ryan McNabb (10 games played)

After a big road win in the opening round of the America East Conference tournament what is a better reward than getting to play a team that beat you in ever facet of the game at home during the regular season? It will be a big challenge. Chris Banks is one of the top players in the conference and his combination of size and speed is just a nightmare for opponents. UMBC just really doesn’t match-up well with New Hampshire. UMBC likes to play a technically sound game of soccer while New Hampshire plays a rough and physical style of play.

But one thing is for sure. UMBC is perfectly capable of winning this game. To be honest, New Hampshire may be 6-0-1 in the conference but they are not as good as their record. They have been getting by games this year. They are still good enough to have that record but my no means is this a game UMBC can’t win. If they come out like they did against Binghamton and just play great defense, eventually a goal will come, they just can’t let New Hampshire get easy ones like last time.

UMBC Men’s Soccer Advances to America East Semi-Finals With 2-1 Win Over Binghamton

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Levi Houapeu knocked in a game winner in the 72nd minute of the America East Quarterfinal match in a 2-1 win over Binghamton.

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Levi Houapeu recorded his third game winning goal of the season.

Just a week removed from a 4-0 loss to the Bearcats in the season finale, UMBC came out and played much better all around. The defense that previously gave up four goals got Chris Williams back into the lineup after behind out for the final four games with a leg injury, and this time they only gave up two shots on goal, one went in and one was saved.

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Chris Williams returned to action after suffering a leg injury against Longwood.

After a deadlocked first half ending at 0-0, freshman midfielder mark Lubetkin scored his first career goal off a pass from Houapeu just 28 seconds into the second period.

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Freshman midfielder Mark Lubetkin times his first career goal perfectly, a go ahead goal in the conference tournament.

But Binghamton struck right back 70 seconds later when Jake Keegan scored his seventh goal of the year when he redirected a shot by Adam Whitebead into the back right corner of the goal, the only shot that would get by the defense and freshman goalkeeper Phil Saunders, who only had to make one save in the game.

In the 65th minute UMBC got a big break, which probably cost Binghamton the match. First-team all-conference defender Liam Carson recieved a red card, putting Binghamton down a man for the final 25 minutes of the game.

Seven minutes after that UMBC took advantage with a goal by Houapeu, who shot a ball headed by a defender into the top corner of the goal. With the goal Houapeu recorded the game winner and became the nations leading scorer with 43 points, surprasing teammate Andrew Bulls who has been the top man since week one.

With the second round now set, UMBC will have three days to get ready for a well rested New Hampshire team coming off a first round by. New Hampshire finished the regular season perfect in conference play (6-0-1) and in their last meeting they outplayed UMBC in every facet of the game in a 2-0 victory, but this is a new team, six games removed, ready to keep their season alive.

Written by Corey Johns

November 8, 2009 at 8:41 am

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.