Men's Soccer Faces Cal State-Fullerton In Las Vegas Finale

UMBC takes on Cal State-Fullerton as the Retrievers complete play at the UNLV Nike Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 14. The Retrievers and Titans kick off at 7:00 EDT at Peter Johann Stadium. Live stats are accessible via www.umbcretrievers.com, but no live video will available for the contest.

Both teams are seeking to reverse one-goal setbacks from the first day of action on Friday. CSF (0-3-2) fell, 2-1, to Detroit, while the 11th – ranked Retrievers (3-1-1) dropped a 1-0 decision to host UNLV.

Last Time Out: Host UNLV ran its record to 5-0-0 as the Rebels scored midway through the first half and hung on to defeat 11th-ranked UMBC (3-1-1), 1-0, at Peter Johann Memorial Field.

The hosts took the lead in the 23', as diminutive midfielder Salvador Bernal scored his 6th goal of the year, flicking in a direct kick from 11 yards out inside the far right post.

The Retrievers would tilt the field in their favor for most of the final 45 minutes, but continued to struggle to find senior forward Kay Banjo as UMBC's prime target finished with just one shot. UMBC would not relent and had its best chance to draw even with 90 seconds remaining. After a Rebel off-sides, Breno had a free kick from the midfield stripe and put the ball deep into the UNLV box. Netminder Ryan Harding came out and punched it away, but UMBC senior back Marquez Fernandez headed it towards goal, where it was headed away from the goal line by a UNLV defender.

The shots finished at eight apiece as junior midfielder Malcolm Harris was credited with four of UMBC's eight attempts.  

The win was UNLV's first in five attempts versus the Retrievers.

UNLV had scored 11 times in its last three games.  

It's Been Awhile: UMBC's last setback in regulation occurred 32 contests ago, when they fell, 2-1, at Albany on Oct. 10, 2012. That defeat was also UMBC's last road loss prior to the UNLV contest, a span of 11 consecutive unbeaten (7-0-4) efforts.

Leading the Way: Seniors Kay Banjo, Mamadou Kansaye and Geaton Caltabiano lead the Retrievers with two goals apiece. Banjo has three assists for a team-high seven points. Breno has all five decisions in goal and has posted a 0.57 goals against average.   

A Glance at the Opponent: Cal State- Fullerton (0-3-2) entered the Nike UNLV Invitational opened up the tournament against the Detroit Titans and fell, 2-1. The Titans scored first as Ritchie Gonzalez provided a clever pass in the box to Marc Fenelus, who was able to beat Detroit goalkeeper Nathan Stein Wascher in the 33rd minute. But Detroit got the equalizer just before halftime and the game-winner in the 81'. Cal State Fullerton outshot Detroit 22-16, and the Titans held an 8-4 advantage on corner kicks.

Prior to the Detroit contest, the Titans posted a 0-0, double overtime draw against Northwestern. CSF struck six shots on goal but weren't able to connect. Goaltender Jeff Salt had six saves on the day.

Cal State- Fullerton opened its 2014 campaign with a 2-3 loss to the University of Illinois-Chicago, followed by a 0-0, double overtime thriller against the University of San Diego. Seniors Amara Soumah and Alex Cannas each added a goal for the Titans against now, #23 UIC. Who scored goals for CSF versus Illinois-Chicago, a team now ranked in the top 25.

Series Record: This will mark the first time Cal St. Fullerton and UMBC face off in a men's soccer contest.

Up Next:  UMBC returns home to open a two-game homestand, taking on Loyola (Md.) on Sept. 20 and William & Mary on Sept. 24.