UMBC continues its series of contests against local rivals on Saturday, Sept. 21, when the Retrievers (6-0-0) make the short trip to the Ridley Athletic Complex to take on the Loyola Greyhounds (5-0-1). The 21st-ranked (NSCAA) Retrievers have won six straight games to start the season, while Loyola (RV) has captured five straight after opening with a 1-1 draw at St. Joseph's. The meeting will be the 25th between the local foes and kick-off time is set for just after 7:00 p.m. The contest is also the NSCAA College Soccer Game of the Week and will be streamed live on www.nscaa.com. Dave Johnson and Keith Tabatznik handle the play-by-play and analyst duties.
For the 10th time in its NCAA Division I history, UMBC has won six consecutive games. The Retrievers improved to 6-0-0 with a 3-2 double overtime victory over Navy on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Junior back Jordan Becker registered the game-winning goal with 7:57 to play in the final extra period. JR M Geaton Caltabiano recorded a goal and an assist in the victory.
The Retrievers were ranked 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. UMBC is No. 21 in the Continental Tire/NSCAA Coaches' poll.
Dating back to 2012, UMBC is now unbeaten in its last 15 contests (12-0-3) and has outscored their opponents, 38-10, in that span. It is the longest unbeaten streak since 1999, when that championship squad went 19-0-2 in the regular season.
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. He 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).
Entering play this week, UMBC and Delaware have the top scoring offenses in the nation with 3.20 goals per game.
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.
UMBC now has 14 five-game (or more) winning streaks in its NCAA Division I history. The current streak was just the third in which all victories have occurred by two or more goals. The two others both took place in 1999, when streaks of five and six consecutive victories all include multiple-goal triumphs. The one-goal victory over Navy snapped the multiple-goal winning streak.
UMBC had gone 12 consecutive overtime games without a win (0-1-11) before the 3-2 double overtime victory over Navy on Sept. 17. The previous OT win was at Penn State (2-1) in October of 2010.
SCOUTING THE GREYHOUNDS
The Greyhounds come in with a record of 5-0-1, and have outscored their opponents, 12-5, this season. They had the second-highest total (27th) of teams receiving votes in this week's Continental Tire NSCAA poll. Sophomore forward Larry Ndjock returns after earning MAAC Rookie of the Year in 2012, and currently leads the Greyhounds in goals with seven.
Loyola rallied from a one-goal deficit to come back and earn a 2-1 victory over Princeton Wednesday night at Ridley Athletic Complex. Stephen Dooley scored the game-winning goal in the 84th minute.
INSIDE THE SERIES
This will be the 25th meeting between the Retrievers and the Greyhounds. The Retrievers have a 3-19-1 overall record against the Greyhounds and are 0-4-0 when playing at Loyola in the NCAA Division I era (1986). -The last four meetings have been won by the home team.
Kadeem Dacres and Pete Caringi III scored goals in a six-minute span early in the second half and Phil Saunders preserved the shutout by stopping a penalty kick with seven minutes remaining as the host Retrievers blanked Loyola, 2-0, before 1,319 fans at Retriever Soccer Park in the last meeting in September of 2012.