For the first time since opening night on Oct. 1, the UMBC men's soccer team does not hold or share the lead in the America East Conference. The Retrievers can still get a first-round bye in the America East Tournament, but must defeat the surging Vermont Catamounts at Centennial Field in chilly Burlington, Vermont on Saturday, Oct. 29. Kick-off time is slated for 1:00 p.m.
AS OF LATE: UMBC dropped its third straight game in a 3-0 setback to Stony Brook at Retriever Soccer Park on Wednesday, Oct. 26. It is the Retrievers' first three-game slide of the 2011 campaign. Three starters did not compete in that contest- defenders Dan Welsh and Liam Paddock and midfielder Milo Kapor- due to red cards received in the prior match at Hartford. Vermont extended its unbeaten streak to three with a 3-1 triumph over Albany on the same day.
PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR UMBC: The Retrievers will finish first if:
- They defeat Vermont, Boston loses at Binghamton and Stony Brook loses or ties vs. Hartford.
- They will finish second and get a first-round bye if they defeat Vermont and Stony Brook loses or ties vs. Hartford.
- They will finish third if draw with Vermont.
- They will finish fourth if they lose to Vermont.
A GLANCE AT THE CATAMOUNTS: Junior D.J. Edler scored twice in the second half to lead the Vermont Catamounts to a 3-1 victory over visiting Albany in America East men's soccer action at Centennial Field on Wednesday afternoon. Senior Joe Losier scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season 16 minutes into the match to give UVM a 1-0 lead. The Catamounts are 5-2-0 at home this season and are 2-0-1 in their last three contests.
INSIDE THE SERIES: The all-time series is tied at 3-3-2, as the Retrievers snapped a five-game winless streak vs. Vermont with a 3-1 victory at UMBC Stadium last season. Levi Houapeu scored all three goals in the win. The Retrievers won the first meeting ever, 2-0, in Burlington in 2003, but are 0-2-1 at Centennial Field since that first match.