ALERT!: Tonight's men's soccer match between UMBC and Penn State will now be played at UMBC Stadium (turf). Kick-off time is still 7:10 p.m. and the game is televised live by Live Well Network.
The UMBC men's soccer team (7-3-3) takes a final break from conference play by taking on Penn State (6-6-2) at Retriever Soccer Park on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
AS OF LATE: UMBC clinched a berth in the six-team America East Tournament by virtue of a 2-0 victory over UNH on Friday. The Retrievers extended their unbeaten streak to five, have posted four consecutive shutouts and have not allowed a goal in 408 minutes of action. Penn State has dropped three straight and is 1-5-2 in its last eight games. The Nittany Lions have not scored in the last three games, but have allowed multiple goals in just two of 14 contests in 2011.
UMBC was ranked eighth (up one slot) in this week's Northeast regional poll.
UMBC was ranked 30th in the nation in attendance as of Oct. 14, 2011 are are now at 1,087 per game.
UMBC was ranked 36th in the latest NCAA Men's Soccer RPI.
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 started 4-0-0 in America East play for the first time in nine league seasons- the previous best was a 3-0-0 start 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.
Fourteen of UMBC's 16 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 11th time in the first 13 games in 2011, the UMBC vs. UNH 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.
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.
A GLANCE AT THE NITTANY LIONS: Penn State has allowed multiple goals in just two of 14 games to date this season. Freshman netminder Andrew Wolverton has eight shutouts as all of the Lions' victories have come via shutout this season.
The Nittany Lions have struggled to score as of late, suffering three consecutive 1-0 shutout losses. Penn State got goals from juniors Jacob Barron and Julian Cardona in its most recent victory, a 2-0 triumph over Penn on Oct. 4.
Penn State is 0-3-1 on the road this season and tonight's game is the first of four consecutive games away from Jeffrey Field.
INSIDE THE SERIES: Milo Kapor scored on a brilliant 26-yard shot in the 99th minute, as the visiting Retrievers defeated 23rd-ranked Penn State, 2-1 on Oct. 20, 2010.
Andrew Bulls gave UMBC a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute, but Penn State scored in the 77th minute to tie the score.
Dan Louisignau made all five of his saves in the second half as UMBC triumphed in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.