Nationally-Ranked Men's Soccer Puts Streak on the Line as GW Visits on Saturday Evening
The UMBC men's soccer team continues its three-game homestand on Saturday, Sept. 28 when they host George Washington at Retriever Soccer Park. At 8-0-0, the 11th-ranked Retrievers own the best record in the nation and will try to match the program's longest winning streak to start a season when they take on the Colonials. UMBC is coming off its first shutout victory of 2013, a 1-0 triumph over George Mason on Wednesday, while the Colonials (3-4-0) have not competed since a 3-0 setback at Navy last Saturday. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. Live stats and free live video (www.umbcretrievers.tv) are available for the contest and all UMBC home soccer matches in 2013.
Dating back to 2012, UMBC is now unbeaten in its last 17 contests (14-0-3) and has outscored their opponents, 42-11, 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.
Entering play this weekend UMBC and Delaware share the national lead in goals scored with 23 each.
SR Pete Caringi III is second nationally in points per game (2.50) and third in goals per game (1.13), while JR M Geaton Caltabiano is second in assists (7) and third in assists per game (0.88).
The Retrievers moved up nine slots to 8th in the Top Drawer Soccer poll and remained at 21st in College Soccer News' poll. UMBC made its debut in the Soccer America poll at No. 25 (tied) and is No. 11 in the Continental Tire/NSCAA Coaches' poll for games ending Sept. 22, 2013.
For the first time in school history, UMBC was ranked No. 1 in its (Northeast) region (NSCAA).
In games through Sept. 23, UMBC was also ranked No. 1 in the nation for NCAA Division I college soccer programs in the Massey Ratings. The Massey Ratings utilize actual game scores and margins in a diminishing returns fashion.
The current eight-game winning streak ties the third-longest in school history. The 1991 Retrievers also won eight straight contests. There have been two greater streaks- nine in a row in 2009 and 13 consecutive in 1999.
UMBC is 33-4-13 (.790) in August/September home games since the 2003 season.
SCOUTING THE COLONIALS
After opening the season with a 2-1 mark, George Washington has dropped three of its last four contests. The Colonials have not played since a 3-0 setback at Navy on Sept. 21.
SR F Tyler Ranalli has excelled to date, leading the Colonial offense with five goals and three assists. Ranalli posted a hat trick and added an assist in GW's 4-0 victory over VMI on Sept. 14.
GW has three shutouts on the season and SO GK Jean-Pierre van der Merwe has been in the nets for all 630 minutes of action. He has a 1.29 goals against average and has recorded 23 saves.
INSIDE THE SERIES
UMBC and George Washington have not met in Baltimore since the 2004 season when the Retrievers posted a 3-0 victory. The two sides renewed the series last season and the Retrievers rallied for a 2-1 victory. UMBC erased an early 1-0 deficit, scored twice in a five-minute span, and finished strong to defeat host George Washington, 2-1, at GW Soccer Field on Sept. 22. JR B Jordan Becker was credited with the game-winning goal.
UMBC leads the overall record at 7-4-3 and they have been victorious in the last four meetings.
UMBC concludes the homestand on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in what could be an offensive shootout at Retriever Soccer Park. Delaware visits UMBC at 7:00 p.m. in a match-up of two of the nation's top offenses and two of the top scorers in the nation in the Retrievers' Pete Caringi III and the Blue Hen's Guillermo Delgado.