Men's Soccer Begins Series of Game Versus Local Rivals by Hosting Navy on Tuesday Evening
The UMBC men's soccer team (5-0-0), ranked 17th and 21st in two media polls, returns to Retriever Soccer Park to entertain Navy (1-2-2) on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Kick-off time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.on Faculty-Staff Appreciation Night. UMBC snapped a five-game winless streak to the Midshipmen with a 2-1 win in Annapolis last season. Live stats and free streaming video (www.umbcretrievers.tv) are available for the contest.
Dating back to 2012, UMBC is now unbeaten in its last 14 contests (11-0-3) and has outscored their opponents, 35-8, in that span. It is the longest unbeaten streak since 1999, when that championship squad went 19-0-2 in the regular season.
The Retrievers have captured the America East title and advanced to the second round in the NCAA Championships twice in three seasons. The 2012 season marked UMBC's third NCAA College Cup appearance overall, having earned a bid in 1999.
SR F Pete Caringi III (eight goals in five games) was named Disney/NSCAA Player of the Week and College Soccer News' Player of the Week for games ending Sept. 1 and Sept. 8 respectively.
Entering play this week, UMBC and Delaware have the top scoring offenses in the nation with 3.20 goals per game.
SR Pete Caringi III leads the nation in points per game (3.40) and JR M Geaton Caltabiano leads the nation in assists (5) and assists per game (1.00).
The Retrievers 17th in Top Drawer Soccer and 21st in College Soccer News' poll and. UMBC was tabbed as a unanimous favorite in the 2013 America East preseason coaches' poll.
SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN
The Navy men's soccer team (1-2-2) dropped a 2-0 decision at High Point (2-3-0) at Vert Stadium on Saturday evening. Navy's defense held High Point to just three shots on goal but the Panthers found the back of the net on two of their opportunities.
Navy is in the midst of a season-long four-game road swing. Prior to the loss at High Point, Navy shared host responsibilities with UMBC at the Hampton Inn BWI Classic. Navy fell, 2- 1, to St. Francis Brooklyn, but earned its first win of the year, a 2-1 overtime triumph vs. CCSU.
SO F Thomas Shiiba scored on a header in the 100th minute, with just 11 seconds remaining in the first overtime period. FR F Alex Evans scored in the 59th minute. SR M Martin Sanchez assisted on both goals. Through five games, Catonsville native SO F Jamie Dubyoski leads Navy with two goals and four points.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Mids lead the overall series, 16-4-4 and are 11-4-4 vs. UMBC in NCAA Division I meetings. UMBC snapped a five-game winless streak vs. Navy (0-2-3) and defeated the Mids for the first time since 1998 with a 2-1 victory in Annapolis last October. Pete Caringi III scored the game-tying goal and UMBC tallied an own goal with 8:27 remaining to earn the victory. In 2011, senior defender Andy Streilein scored a stunning goal with five seconds left in regulation to earn the host Retrievers the 1-1 draw.
UMBC will continue a series of matches against regional rivals when the team heads to Cold Spring Lane to take on Loyola (Md.) on Saturday, Sept. 21. The dogfight between the Retrievers and Greyhounds commences at 7:00 p.m.