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

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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.

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.

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 Gets Huge Win Over Boston U, 2-1

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Levi Houapeu recorded an goal and assist in the game against Boston University

Levi Houapeu recorded an goal and assist in the game against Boston University

With the stakes of the game as high as they could get, the men’s soccer team showed that when their backs were against the wall they could get the job done. Boston U may have came into the game with three straight conference losses, but they are definitely one of the top teams in the conference. Like UMBC Boston U has struggled with the physical style of play of the America East, but when it comes to technique they are brilliant. They were a team that very well could have taken UMBC out and possibly out of the tournament, but right now UMBC seems to be a lock. With three conference games left UMBC just needs to win or tie any game and they are in. Meanwhile the road the the championship may get easy as Boston U pretty much has to sweep there last two games against Albany and Vermont to get in.

With goal goals for about 3/4 of the game, Boston U got the quick go ahead goal in the 70th minute when Aaron O’Neal knocked in his 10th goal of the season.

But just 30 seconds later the nations third leading scorer got UMBC on the board. On a free kick after a foul Andrew Bulls blasted the ball forward to Dustin Dzwonkowski, who flicked it to Houapeu, who rocketed it into the goal for the tying score.

But just four minutes later Houapeu got control of the ball and slid it to Dzwonkowski, who kicked the ball high into the goal for the lead and eventual game winner. The goal was Dzwonkowski’s first.

But the team could not have won without the defense. After being out against Longwood for a one game suspension after getting five yellow cards, Liam Paddock was back at center back. While Chris Williams was not, Jason McCarron was fully healthy and with Vince Savarese and Sean Rothe they limited the Terrier offense to just five shots on goal, four of which were saves by Phil Saunders.

With the win the team has new life. They next play Albany on Saturday at 1:00, which is their final home game of the season.

Written by Corey Johns

October 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm