The sixth-ranked UMBC men's soccer team (13-1-2, 4-0-2) shoots for its first America East regular season title since 2003 when the Retrievers host Stony Brook (6-9-1, 1-4-1) on Wednesday evening, Nov. 6 at Retriever Soccer Park. A victory guarantees the outright title for UMBC, while Stony Brook must win to keep its playoff hopes alive. The Retrievers are assured of a tournament first-round bye and home semifinal contest on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Kick-off time for the contest is 7:00 p.m. Live stats and free streaming video are available at www.umbcretrievers.com.
UMBC struck for two first half goals, and senior goalkeeper Phil Saunders recorded an outstanding four-save effort as the visiting Retrievers blanked UMass Lowell, 2-0, at Cushing Field on Saturday. Sophomore F/M Michael Scott (Fife, Scotland) and junior back Marquez Fernandez (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) scored the goals for the Retrievers.
Saunders became UMBC's fifth America East Player of the Week for the 2013 season when he earned the honor on Nov. 4. He is now tied for second place on the school's all-time list with 22 shutouts.
The Retrievers moved up one place to an all-time high of No. 6 in the NSCAA poll, as of Nov. 5. UMBC remained at No. 6 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll to and moved up two notches toNo. 8 in College Soccer News' poll.
Entering play this week, UMBC leads the nation in winning percentage (.875). The Retrievers are tied for 12th in scoring offense (2.00 gpg) and 17th (0.71) in scoring defense. UMBC has not allowed a goal in its last 322 minutes of action.
The 13 victories for UMBC are the most since recording 14 in 2009.
INSIDE THE SERIES
UMBC leads the all-time series, 8-6-0 and have won four of the last five matches. The Retrievers are 6-2-0 vs. the Seawolves in Baltimore.
The two teams met twice in 2012, with UMBC coming away with a pair of 1-0 victories. During the regular season, Stephen Ho's second half goal gave the visiting Retrievers a one-goal victory. The two squads met again in the America East semifinals and a first-half Kadeem Dacres strike stood up as UMBC advanced to the title match.
SCOUTING THE SEAWOLVES
Despite another strong performance on both sides of the ball, the Stony Brook men's soccer team was not able to convert its effort into points, falling to Vermont, 1-0 in overtime, Saturday night at LaValle Stadium. Stony Brook (6-9-1, 1-4-1) is 1-5-1 in its last seven outings.
The Seawolves are still alive for a berth in the America East Championship. They trail sixth-place Binghamton by two points and fifth-place Albany by three points.
SO M Martin Giordano leads Stony Brook with 10 points and is one of America East's leaders with six assists. SR M Will Casey and JR M Keith McKenna share the goal-scoring lead with four apiece.
The Seawolves have struggled in the first halves this year, allowing 11 goals and scoring only six times. They have outscored their foes, 11-10, thereafter. SBU is a solid 3-5-0 on the road in 2013.