September 12, 2013

Men's Soccer Faces First Road Test at Radford on Saturday Evening

UMBC faces its first road test of the year on Saturday, Sept. 14 when the Retrievers take on Radford (1-1-1) at Cupp Stadium in Radford, Va. Kick-off time is set for 6:00 p.m.. Both teams are coming off two-goal victories- UMBC triumphed, 3-1, over St. Francis Brooklyn at home on Sept. 7, while RU defeated Appalachian State, 4-2, at Cupp Stadium on Sept. 10. The two teams played to a 0-0 double-overtime draw at Retriever Soccer Park in August of 2012.

RETRIEVER RECAP:  UMBC (4-0-0) extended its unbeaten streak (dating back to last year) to 13 (10-0-3) with its fourth consecutive 3-1 victory, achieved over St. Francis Brooklyn in the "title game" of the Hampton Inn BWI Classic on Sept. 7. The Retrievers had captured the Springhill Suites Arundel Mills BWI Kick-Off Classic with 3-1 victories over both Seattle U. and UNLV and opened last weekend's play with a 3-1 triumph over Central Connecticut State.

SR F Pete Caringi III (eight goals) was named Most Valuable Player in both tournaments. JR M Geaton Caltabiano, SR M Kadeem Dacres and JR B Oumar Ballo  also earned All-Tournament team honors on Weekend No. 1, while Dacres, Ballo, and junior midfielders Mamadou Kansaye and Stephen Ho were selected for the second All-Tournament team.

SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS

-The Highlanders come into the game with a 1-1-1 record on the year.

-Radford opened up their season with a loss 1-0 against the defending Big Ten champion Penn State Nittany Lions.

-In the Highlanders' most recent match on Tuesday, Sept. 19, they defeated Appalachian State, 4-2.  SR F Joe Mayer led the way with 3 goals and an assist.

SR GK Dane Wilson should be in nets for the highlanders, coming in with five saves on the season.SR M Chel Ho Park Kim is second on the Highlanders in points with three, scoring once and adding an assist.

INSIDE THE SERIES

- This will be the 11th meeting between the Retrievers and the Highlanders.

-The Retrievers have a 4-5-1 overall record against the Highlanders and are 2-3 on the road.

-The most recent encounter took place last season at Retriever Soccer Park in the opening game for both teams. The game went into double overtime and ended in a 0-0 tie.

NEXT UP: UMBC returns home to entertain Navy at Retriever Soccer Park on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.