Men's Soccer Heads to Virginia to Take on Longwood on Saturday Evening
The UMBC Retrievers (2-2-2) leave the state of Maryland for the first time this season when they travel to Farmville, Va. to take on the Longwood Lancers (3-3-1) on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:00 p.m. It is the middle game of a three-game road trip leading up to the America East opener vs. Albany on Oct. 1.
AS OF LATE: UMBC fell in 90 minutes for the first time this season, dropping a 2-0 decision at Loyola on Wednesday. The Retrievers have now dropped back-to-back games for the first time since setbacks at Towson and Navy in Sept. of 2010. Longwood posted its second consecutive victory, a 4-0 win at VMI on Wednesday.
TEAM NOTES: The tie vs. Navy extended UMBC's unbeaten streak to 12, dating back to Oct. 15 of last season… UMBC was 8-0-4 since a 2-0 setback to Boston U. on Oct. 15 before the 2OT loss to Maryland… The Retrievers 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 15-1-2 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… Through six games, UMBC has not allowed a first half goal.
A GLANCE AT THE LANCERS: After a 1-3-1 start, Longwood has posted back-to-back wins over Towson (1-0) and VMI (4-0). The Lancers are 1-0-1 vs. CAA opponents, as they drew with James Madison, 3-3. Sophomore midfielder Nick Surkamp leads LU with three goals and seven points on the campaign. Longwood has attempted 40 corner kicks, compared to 17 by their opponents to date.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC has not fared well vs. Longwood, with no wins and one draw in five all-time meetings. The only Division I match-up occurred two seasons as UMBC surrendered a two-goal lead and fell, 3-2, in overtime to visiting Longwood (3-9-2) in miserable conditions at UMBC Soccer Stadium. Current Longwood senior midfielder Chris Saul scored 3:27 into the first overtime period to give the visitors the victory. The game was played in historically cold conditions with a driving rain throughout most of the contest.