The UMBC men's soccer team (6-3-3. 3-0-0 AEC) returns home after a pair of 1-0 league road wins to entertain America East foe New Hampshire (5-6-1, 1-1-1) on Friday evening at Retriever Soccer Park. The contest will be televised live nationally by Fox Soccer Channel with Dave Johnson and Keith Tabatznik on the call. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.
AS OF LATE: UMBC extended its unbeaten streak to four with a 1-0 victory at Binghamton on Oct. 11. The Retrievers have posted three consecutive shutouts and now allowed a goal in 318 minutes of action. New Hampshire opened league play with an impressive 3-0 win over the Bearcats before drawing with Hartford, 1-1 also on Oct. 11.
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 3-0-0 in America East play for the second time in nine league seasons- the only other time occurred in 2005… The Retrievers are now 5-0-1 on Saturdays in 2011… The win at Binghamton was UMBC's first weekday victory of the campaign.
Twelve of UMBC's 14 goals this season have occurred in the second half... Longwood scored the initial first half goal vs. UMBC in 2011… To date, it is the lone first half goal of the season permitted by the Retrievers… 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 the first 11 games in 2011, the UMBC at Boston U. contest was scoreless at the break… The Retrievers scored in the 41st minute at Binghamton, the team's first goal in the first 45 minutes since Sept. 3 vs. FDU… Both games ended in 1-0 Retriever victories.
A GLANCE AT THE WILDCATS: Freshman forward David Schlatter punched in his team-best third goal of the season, as the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie with the University of Hartford Tuesday afternoon at Lewis Fields.
Senior midfielder Brad Hilton leads a balanced UNH attack with eight points (2g, 4a). Sophomore midfielder Steven Palumbo has three goals, two of which have been game-winning goals. Palumbo scored twice in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Binghamton. UNH scored its three goals in a 2:32 span late in the first half.
The evening's game will be just the second road contest of the season for the Wildcats. They defeated host Adelphi, 1-0, in the lone road game to date.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UNH leads the series, 4-3-3; the Retrievers are 2-1-2 vs. the Wildcats in Baltimore. Last season, the two teams played 220 minutes of scoreless soccer. UMBC prevailed, 5-4, on penalty kicks in the America East Conference title game at Retriever Soccer Park.
UMBC snapped a four-game winless streak vs. UNH and recorded their first win in Durham in the 2009 America East semifinals, 2-1. The Wildcats had taken a 2-0 victory over UMBC in the '09 regular season, posting their first win in Baltimore.
Andrew Bulls (2008) and Milo Kapor (2009) are the only active Retrievers with goals scored vs. UNH. Dan Louisignau played all 220 minutes and did not allow a goal in 2010. He saved one of five penalty kicks, but it was enough for UMBC to prevail, 5-4, in the America East title game.