The UMBC men's soccer team (2-0-1) gets back to business after a mid-week weather-related postponement on Saturday, Sept. 10 when they host the Navy Midshipmen (1-2-1) at Retriever Soccer Park. Kick-off time for the game is set for 7:00 p.m. Navy won last year's meeting, 2-0, in Annapolis and is coming off a 3-3 tie with Loyola on Wednesday evening.
UMBC TEAM NOTES: The win over FDU extended UMBC's unbeaten streak to 12, dating back to Oct. 15 of last season… UMBC had not posted a win over FDU since their first meeting in 1994... FDU had won six and tied three since that encounter, including three overtime victories… UMBC has not allowed a goal in 430 minutes since permitting a first-half tally to Princeton in the NCAA First Round game in 2010… The Retrievers have recorded three shutouts to start a season for the first time since 2003 and just the second time in UMBC's Division I (1986) history... UMBC is now 15-0-1 in September home games since the 2007 season… UMBC has had one weather-related postponement in three of the past four seasons- 2008 and 2010 vs. Loyola and the 2011 cancellation vs. Towson.
INSIDE THE SERIES: The Mids lead the overall series, 16-3-3 and are 11-3-3 vs. UMBC in NCAA Division I (1986) meetings. UMBC is 0-2-2 in its last four meetings vs. Navy, with the last win occurring in 1998, a 5-2 decision at home.
Last season, Navy defeated UMBC, 2-0, in Annapolis. The Mids scored a late first-half goal in the 42nd minute to take a 1-0 lead into intermission and added a score in the 73rd minute. Navy outshot UMBC, 15-11, including 10-8 in the final 45 minutes. Retriever sophomore netminder Phil Saunders was credited with four saves in the contest.
A GLANCE AT THE MIDSHIPMEN: Navy (1-2-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead, then scored a late goal after Loyola had scored three unanswered tallies to tie the Greyhounds, 3-3, on a rainy Wednesday night at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Lightning suspended the contest with 6:48 to play, thus making it an official match.
David Jackson scored just 41 seconds before the contest was called because of lightning to knot the score at 3-3. Zach Davis and Joseph Greenspan scored in the first half to give the Mids the early edge.
Goalkeeper Aaron Dupere and midfielder Mike Rakoczy earned All-Tournament team honors for the Holiday Inn Express BWI Classic last weekend. Rakoczy scored the game-tying goal in the 2-1 win over St. Francis-N.Y., while midfielder Eric Wootten tallied the game-winner.