The eighth-ranked UMBC men's soccer team (10-1-1, 1-0-1 America East) takes on host Vermont (7-2-3, 1-1-0) at Virtue Field on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Kick-off time for the afternoon affair is 3:00 p.m. The Retrievers are 3-0-0 on the road in 2013 and the Catamounts are 5-0-1 on their home turf. Live video is available for the contest on the America East digital broadcast network via www.umbcretrievers.com.
UMBC shook off a tough opening half and outplayed visiting Albany over the final 65 minutes, but could not dent the net and the two teams battled to a 0-0 double-overtime draw before a Homecoming Day crowd of 1,758 at UMBC Stadium. The game was played on the turf at UMBC Stadium due to the heavy rains in the area over the past 72 hours which drenched the Bermuda grass surface of Retriever Soccer Park
UMBC garnered its top two rankings in school history in two polls for games ending Sept. 22 (Top Drawer Soccer) and Sept. 30 (NSCAA). In the NSCAA poll, UMBC is No. 8 for the second consecutive week, slipping one notch from two weeks ago and surpassing its previous best mark of No. 14 in 2000. The Retrievers' No. 7 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 (NSCAA, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 15.
As of Oct 14, SR F Pete Caringi III is tied for second in the nation in goals scored (10), tied for fourth in points scored (22) and tied for fourth in goals per game (0.83).
Jr M Geaton Caltabiano is tied for third in the nation with seven total assists and tied for eighth in assists per game (0.58).
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.
The Retrievers' scoreless draw vs. Albany was its first of the 2013 campaign after five scoreless deadlocks in 2012.
UMBC was ranked 25th in the nation in home attendance in 2012 with 981 fans per game. Through Oct. 12 (9 games), UMBC is averaging 1,287 at home (Retriever Soccer Park/UMBC Stadium).
UMBC is now 37-31-12 in ten America East seasons, which includes a mark of 24-9-6 (.692) in games at home in league play.
UMBC's road unbeaten streak was extended to seven (5-0-2) with the victory at Hartford. The longest in school history is eight (6-0-2), recorded in the 1999 campaign
INSIDE THE SERIES
This is the 11th meeting between the Retrievers and the Catamounts. The Retrievers trail the overall series, 3-5-2, and have a 1-3-1 record in Burlington. UMBC in winless (0-3-1) in its last four trips to Vermont.
In last year's matchup, the Catamounts defeated the Retrievers, 2-1, when the visitors scored two late second half goals in a 73-second span.
SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS
The Catamounts come into the game with an overall record of 7-2-3, and are 1-1-0 in America East play. UVM dropped a 3-2 overtime decision at Hartford on Saturday. Their conference victory was a 2-0 decision over Binghamton and the Cats are 5-0-1 at home in 2013.
Vermont has been outscored, 6-3, in the first 45 minutes of play in 2013, but has a prohibitive 13-2 margin in second halves.
FR F Brian Wright leads the Catamounts in goals with 5 and points with 11, while SR B Salvatore Borea has started all 12 games for the Catamounts and is second on the team in goals with three. After earning America East Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2012, SR GK Conor Leland returns in net for the Catamounts and has tallied 42 saves this season.
UMBC returns home to face New Hampshire on Saturday evening, Oct. 19. The Retrievers will celebrate "Senior Night" in its penultimate regular season home game of the campaign. Pete Caringi III, Kadeem Dacres, Travis Dennis and Phil Saunders will be honored in pregame ceremonies.