The seventh-ranked UMBC men's soccer squad (12-1-1, 3-0-1) enters the second half of the America East Conference campaign with a contest at Binghamton (3-8-4, 1-1-2) on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Retrievers took over first place in the league standings at the midway point after supplanting UNH with a 1-0 victory over the Wildcats a week ago. The Bearcats sit in fourth place and are 1-0-2 in their last three league games. Kick-off time is set for 6:00 p.m. at the BU Events Center Sports Complex and free streaming and live stats are available via links at umbcretrievers.com.
UMBC edged visiting New Hampshire, 1-0, at Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday, Oct. 19 to move past the Wildcats (9-4-0, 3-1-0) and into first place in the America East Conference. JR M Mamadou Kansaye scored the game's lone goal in the 50th minutes. The Retrievers are unbeaten in their last four matches.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Binghamton won six of the first nine matches in the series, but the Retrievers are 4-1-1 vs. the Bearcats in the last five years and has closed the gap to 5-6-2 overall. UMBC has won its last two contests and are 3-4-0 in Vestal, N.Y.
Dacres, Kansaye and Caringi scored last season as UMBC blanked the Bearcats, 3-0, in the regular season finale. It was the largest scoring output for a Retriever team vs. Binghamton in the 13 meetings. In the 2011 meeting in Vestal, Caringi scored the game's lone goal on a penalty kick in the 41st minute, as UMBC triumphed, 1-0.
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS
Antonio Matarazzo finished off a corner kick with just 12 seconds left in regulation, leading host Columbia (6-4-2) to a 2-1 win over Binghamton (3-8-4) in a non-conference men's soccer game on Wednesday night. The loss snapped the Bearcats' three-game unbeaten streak. After an opening loss in America East play, BU is 1-0-2 in its last three league games and sits in fourth place in the conference race.
Bearcat JR B Ben Nicholson tied the game in the 64th minute when he converted a free kick from 35 yards out. It was his third goal of the season and gives him a team-best 11 points for the year. Columbia held a 24-4 advantage in shots. SO GK Stefano Frantellizzi, however, recorded a career-high 12 saves. JR F Steven Celeste also has three goals for Binghamton in 2013.
UMBC has re-established its top two rankings in school history in two polls for games ending Oct 20. In the NSCAA poll, UMBC is at No. 7, matching its top mark, which first occurred for games ending Sept. 29. The Retrievers' No. 5 ranking by Top Drawer Soccer is its top position in any media-affiliated men's soccer poll. For the first time in school history, UMBC was ranked No. 1 in its (Northeast) region and has been ranked No. 1 for five consecutive weeks.
The nine-game winning streak (to start the season) tied the second-longest in school history. The 2009 Retrievers also won nine straight contests to open the season. The 1999 Retrievers won 13 in a row in the midst of a 19-1-2 campaign.
UMBC was ranked 25th in the nation in home attendance in 2012 with 981 fans per game. Through Oct. 19 (10 games), UMBC is averaging 1,280 at home (Retriever Soccer Park/UMBC Stadium). The Retrievers were No. 13 in home attendance through games of Oct. 1, 2013.
UMBC is now 39-31-12 in ten America East seasons, which includes a mark of 25-9-6 (.692) in games at home and 14-22-6 on the road in league play.
UMBC's road unbeaten streak was extended to eight (6-0-2) with the victory at Vermont. That ties the longest in school history, which was previously recorded in the 1999 campaign (also 6-0-2).
UMBC has won three times (of four) when allowing the game's first goal. The first occurred vs. Navy (a 3-2 double OT win) and the last two have been 2-1 conference road victories (at Hartford, at Vermont).