A much healthier UMBC took the field on Saturday and came up with another big win over Colonial Athletic Association foe Drexel. The Retrievers proved that they still have no problem scoring the ball as they beats the Dragons 3-0 and improve to their best rocrod in Division I history.
All three goals came from Levi Houapeu. Houapeu cashed in UMBC’s first hat trick in three years when Kevin Mezzadra scored all three goals in UMBC’s 3-1 victory over Howard on September 20, 2006.
Levi Houepeu recorded the first UMBC hat trick in three years against Drexel.
In the ninth minute Houapeu netted his first goal after his original shot was blocked. Sean Rothe rebounded the ball and immediately got it back to Houapeu who knocked it into the lower right corner.
His second goal came in he 25th minute when he intercepted a pass and shot the ball into the right corner from 14 yards out. That goal sent UMBC into the half with a 2-0 advantage.
With the first half going completely in UMBC’s favor the team came out for the second half with a lot of confidence. The defense continued their stellar play, which eventually resulted in the teams second straight shutout.
Midway through the second half Houapeu put the final goal of the game in the net when Bulls crossed him the ball and he shot it from 12 yards out. The goalie got a piece of the ball but it was hit hard enough for the score.
Houapeu’s effort has given him eight goals on the season with six assists, earning him 22 points. His teammate Bulls now has nine goals and five assists for 23 points, making them the number one and two scorers in the nation.
With the 7-0-0 record UMBC has exceeded expectations for this year but is still not satisfied. Their next game is against arch rival Loyola on Tuesday September 22 at 7:00.
With both teams having victories over Mount St. Mary’s and Towson, the winner of the game will unofficially be crowned the bast team in Baltimore.