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