The UMBC men's soccer team (2-0-2) gets the rare opportunity to host one of the nation's premier teams as the No. 2-ranked red-hot Maryland Terrapins (5-0-0) visit Retriever Soccer Park on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The contest will be the first local sports broadcast of ABC2's digital channel, the Live Well Network, as Paul Mittermeier and UMBC Hall of Famer Andy Wells call the action live, beginning with the pre-game show at 7:00 p.m.
The network can be accessed over the air at channel 2.2, on Comcast on channel 204, and on Verizon on channel 463.
AS OF LATE: The Retrievers extended their unbeaten streak to 12 (8-0-4) with a dramatic 1-1 double-overtime draw vs. Navy on Sat., Sept. 10. Senior left back Andy Streilein scored with five seconds to play to earn the result for the Retrievers. Maryland is coming off an impressive 4-0 win over No. 8 Boston College on Sept. 9 as sophomore forward Patrick Mullins scored a pair of goals.
The Retrievers are currently ranked seventh in the Northeast Region and are receiving votes (12) in the NSCAA national rankings. Two other America East foes- Binghamton (9th) and Vermont (T-10th) are also ranked in the Sept. 13 poll. Maryland is ranked No. 1 in the South Atlantic region.
In 20+ seasons under Head Coach Pete Caringi, Jr.,UMBC is 124-41-23 (.721) at home and the Retrievers are 66-15-18 (.758) on the Bermuda turf of UMBC Soccer Stadium. This evening's game will be No. 100 on the natural carpet of Retriever Soccer Park.
THROUGH FOUR: UMBC has gone undefeated through four games seven times in its 26-year Division I history- 2011 (2-0-2), 2009 (4-0-0), 2007 (3-0-1), 2004 (3-0-1), 2003 (3-0-1), 1999 (4-0-0) and 1993 (4-0-0),
INSIDE THE SERIES: This will be the first meeting between UMBC and Maryland since 2000, when the Retrievers recorded their first shutout in the series, posting a 2-0 victory in College Park.
The Terrapins lead the all-time series, 11-2-1, with UMBC's other victory occurring in 1993. That was a 3-1 result under the lights at UMBC Stadium.
Maryland is 8-2-0 vs. UMBC since the Retrievers moved to the NCAA Division I level in 1986.
A GLANCE AT THE TERRAPINS: Maryland has run roughshod over its 2011 opponents, blanking nationally-ranked foes St. John's (3-0), Stanford (4-0) and Boston College (4-0) en route to its top national ranking. The Terrapin defense has only permitted seven shots on goal through five games.
Sophomore Patrick Mullins scored twice in the rout of Boston College. Junior midfielderJohn Stertzer set up both goals in the 2-1 win over Radford
Head Coach Sasho Cirovski recorded his 300th career victory in the win over Radford. Terrapin assistant coach Brian Rowland tended the nets for UMBC from 1999-2002 and holds the all-time school record with 25 shutouts.