Men's Soccer Heads Back on Road; Retrievers to Face Desperate Binghamton Side on Tuesday Evening
After a hard-earned road victory at America East rival Boston U. on Saturday, the UMBC men's soccer team (5-3-3, 2-0-0 America East) travels to face another hungry league rival. The Retrievers face a desperate Binghamton (4-7-0, 0-2-0) at the Bearcats Sports Complex on Tues., Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. Follow @UMBCAthetics on Twitter to keep up with the action!
AS OF LATE: UMBC has a modest three-game unbeaten streak, but is 2-0-0 in league play after Saturday's 1-0 victory at Boston U. Senior forward Kingsley Onwuka scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute at Nickerson Field and the Retriever defense posted its second consecutive clean sheet. Binghamton has dropped four of five, including a pair of 3-0 road defeats to league foes Vermont and UNH. The lone win for the Bearcats was a 2-1 win at Syracuse.
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… The win over Longwood was UMBC's first in six all-time meetings (1-4-1)... The Retrievers have started 2-0-0 in America East play for the second time in nine league seasons and the first time since a 3-0-0 start in 2005… The Retrievers are now 5-0-1 on Saturdays in 2011.
Twelve of UMBC's 13 goals this season have occurred in the second half... Longwood scored the initial first half goal vs. UMBC in 2011… UMBC also scored three second half goals vs. No. 1 Maryland in an eventual 4-3 double overtime loss on Sept. 13.
For the ninth time in 11 games in 2011, the UMBC at Boston U. contest was scoreless at the break.
Until the 1-0 win over the Terriers, UMBC had not scored the game's first goal since the 1-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Sept. 3, a span of seven consecutive games.
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),
AMERICA EAST LEADERS (as of Oct. 10, 2010):
Shots: 1. Andrew Bulls, UMBC, 4.09 (per game)
Goals: 4. Rothe, 0.38
Assists: T2. Kapor, 0.36, T2. Caringi, 0.36
Game-Winning Goals: T1. Bulls, 2
Goals Against Average: 2. Louisignau, 0.97
Save Percentage: 1. Louisignau, .836
Saves Per Game: 1. Louisignau, 5.09
Shutouts: 2. Louisignau, 5 (0.45)
A GLANCE AT THE BEARCATS: Host New Hampshire scored three goals in a 2:32 span late in the first half and defeated Binghamton, 3-0, on Oct. 8. New Hampshire held a 21-6 shot advantage for the game and BU sophomore goalie Chris Hayen made five saves for the Bearcats. Junior forward Jake Keegan leads the Bearcats in scoring with four goals and four helpers.
INSIDE THE SERIES: After losing four straight to the Bearcats, UMBC is 2-1-1 in the last four contests. Caringi scored late in the second half, but Keegan tallied the game-tying goal in the 82nd minute and the two sides played to a 1-1 double overtime draw in Baltimore last season. Binghamton leads the overall series, 6-3-2.