Men's Soccer Returns to America East Play; Visits Rested Hartford Squad in Saturday Evening Contest

Liam Paddock scored his first career goal vs. Hartford in 2010.
Liam Paddock scored his first career goal vs. Hartford in 2010.

UMBC at Hartford, 10-22-11

UMBC men's soccer team (7-4-3, 4-0-0 America East) gets back into conference action as they travel to Hartford to take on a rested and determined Hawk side at Al-Marzook Field on Saturday, Oct. 22. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. The contest is No. 400 at UMBC for Retriever head coach Pete Caringi, Jr.

AS OF LATE: UMBC clinched a berth in the six-team America East Tournament by virtue of a 2-0 victory over UNH on Oct. 14. The Retrievers saw their five-game unbeaten streak halted at five on Wednesday as they suffered a 1-0 setback to Penn State. Hartford conceded a goal to Vermont with 25 seconds left in regulation and fell to the Catamounts, 2-1, on Oct. 15. Hartford is 0-3-2 in its last five outings.

A GLANCE AT THE HAWKS: Senior Patrick Boucher put Hartford on the scoreboard 14 minutes into the second period however the Hawks conceded a pair of late goals, including the game-winner with just 25 seconds to play in regulation to fall to Vermont, 2-1 at home last Saturday. Hartford combined to outshoot Vermont, 20-9. Five Hawks have multiple goals on the season- the team leader in points is sophomore forwardAnthony Santaga, a transfer from UW-Green Bay, who has two goals and a team-best four assists.

The Hawks have outscored their foes, 9-3, in the first half this season, but have concede 17 goals, while scoring eight after intermission.

INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC leads the all-time series with Hartford, 5-3-2, but snapped a four-game winless streak vs. Hartford in last season's 3-0 victory. The Retrievers are 0-2-1 in their last three trips to Hartford and 2-2-1 overall. UMBC scored three first half goals (Bulls, Welsh, Paddock) in the Oct. 23, 2010 triumph over the Hawks at Retriever Soccer Park. Bulls had a goal and two assists in the contest.