The UMBC men's soccer squad had lost only once in its last 16 overtime affairs after a 0-0 double overtime draw at Maryland on Sept. 5. But the Retrievers (3-3-1) have played three straight extra-time affairs and dropped two of those as they prepare to face No. 20 George Mason (6-0-1) at George Mason Stadium in Fairfax, Va. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. and links for live stats and video streaming can be accessed via www.umbcretrievers.com.
UMBC entered the week ranked No. 28 in the College Soccer News poll. The Retrievers are ranked No. 3 in the East region. UMBC had been ranked No. 1 in its region for ten consecutive ratings periods (through Week No. 2 of 2014 season).
LAST TIME OUT: UMBC senior defender Oumar Ballo registered his first goal of the season, but William & Mary scored two straight to pick up the overtime victory in non-conference action on a chilly Wednesday night at Retriever Soccer Park.
Ballo struck first for the Retrievers 20:42 into the second half, but the Tribe was able to put away the equalizer in the 75th minute and punched home the game-winner 6:18 into overtime. The Retrievers fell despite holding a 14-7 advantage in shots and a 7-1 corner kick differential.
A GLANCE AT THE RETRIEVERS: Senior forward Kay Banjo leads the squad with four goals and four helpers on the season. Entering play this week, he led America East in assists (0.57) and shots per game (3.43) and is tied for the top spot in points per game (1.71), Senior midfielder Geaton Caltabiano has added three goals for UMBC. Red-shirt freshman netminder Phil Breno has played all 786 minutes in the goal and has a goals against mark of 1.15.
Head Coach Pete Caringi, Jr. is coaching the Retrievers for the 24th season. He is seeking career victory No. 250 as he enters this evening's contest with a sterling mark of 249-147-56.
A GLANCE AT THE PATRIOTS: George Mason has steamrolled to a mark of 6-0-1, outscoring its foes, 14-1. The Patriots have been off since escaping LIU-Brooklyn with a 1-0 victory, as junior Jannik Eckenrode scored his first goal of the season in the 15th minute. GMU outshot LIU, 18-4, in the contest.
Senior forward Timi Mulgrew is tied for sixth in the nation with six goals in seven contests.
ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC knotted the all-time series record at 6-6-1 with last year's 1-0 victory. Senior midfielder Travis Dennis scored the game's lone goal in the 41' as UMBC improved to 8-0-0 on the season with the Sept. 25 victory.
The Patriots have won all four Division I home contests versus UMBC, including a 2-1 victory in 2012. Mulgrew netted the game's first score as GMU built a 2-0 lead before a Milo Kapor PK in the 70' got UMBC to within one.
UP NEXT: The Retrievers face another ranked opponent on the road on Tuesday, Sept. 30 as UMBC travels to Newark, Del. to take on No. 23 Delaware (7-2-0).