Men's Soccer Travels to Maryland in Battle of Nationally-Ranked Squads Friday Evening

Men's Soccer Travels to Maryland in Battle of Nationally-Ranked Squads Friday Evening
Eleventh-ranked UMBC (2-0-0) faces a stern test when the Retrievers travel 26 miles down I-95 South and face tenth-rated and 2013 national finalist Maryland (1-1-0) on Friday evening, Sept. 5. The contest is a part of the Hampton Inn BWI Classic. Kick-off time for this top 25 match-up is set for 7:30 p.m. at Ludwig Field and the contest will be broadcast live by NSCAA.tv. 
The Retrievers won the season-opening Doubletree BWI Classic with victories over LIU- Brooklyn (4-0) and Sacred Heart (2-1). It is UMBC's fifth 2-0-0 start in the past eight years.
Senior forward Kay Banjo earned Tournament Most Valuable Player honors by recording two goals and two assists in UMBC's two victories in the season-opening Doubletree BWI Classic. He was named the season's first America East Player of the Week and also earned ECAC Offensive Player of the Week and College Sports Madness America East Player of the Week honors for games ending August 31.
UMBC has moved up four notches to No. 11 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll. They jumped six notches in College Soccer News to No. 14 and one place in Soccer America (No. 20). 
 

INSIDE THE SERIES

Maryland leads the all-time series, 12-2-1, and the teams will meet for the third time in the last four seasons. The Terrapins won the last meeting, 3-1, in College Park in the 2012 campaign and captured a 4-3 overtime decision at Retriever Soccer Park when the series resumed after an 11-year hiatus in 2011. Prior to that, UMBC had posted its lone victory in College Park, a 2-0 triumph in 2000. The other Retriever triumph occurred in 1993, a 3-1 decision.

SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS

The No. 2 Maryland men's soccer team topped No. 17 Coastal Carolina 3-2 in the home opener Monday night at Ludwig Field. The Terrapins (1-1) had been shut out for the first time in nearly three years at No. 14 Louisville, 1-0, on Friday.  Maryland never trailed to CCU, as Dan Metzger, Michael Sauers and  Mikias Eticha found the back of the net.

Maryland was the 2013 national finalist, falling in the College Cup title game, 2-1, to Notre Dame. They finished with a record of 17-4-5.

UP NEXT
UMBC completes play in the Hampton Inn BWI Classic when the Retrievers entertain Appalachian State on Sunday, Sept. 7 at Retriever Soccer Park. Kick-off time is set for 1:00 p.m.