The UMBC Retrievers' (8-5-3, 4-0-1 America East) men's soccer squad concludes the home portion of the regular season slate when they welcome the Vermont Catamounts (7-6-10, 2-2-1 AE) on Saturday, Oct. 29. Kick-off time is set for approximately 7:15 p.m., after ten Retriever seniors are honored in pre-game ceremonies.
Live streaming and stats are also available via the links on www.umbcretrievers.com and you can also follow all the action via UMBC Front Row, the Retrievers' mobile app.
UMBC Athletics welcomes the Casey Cares Foundation (www.caseycares.org) to Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday, when several critically ill children and their families will experience what it is like to be a Division I college athlete! Several Casey Cares families will take part in the UMBC Bench Warmers program, where the kids can sit on the bench during warm ups and then stand with the team for player introductions and the national anthem. The Casey Cares Foundation provides personalized, uplifting and ongoing programs with a special touch to critically ill children and family members throughout the Mid-Atlantic States.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC will honor a record ten seniors prior to tonight's contest versus Vermont. The seniors are Oumar Ballo, Kay Banjo, Jordan Becker, Geaton Caltabiano, Michael DiCesare, Marquez Fernandez, Stephen Ho, Mamadou Kansaye, Corbin McCarron and Spencer Williams.
UMBC clinched a spot in the America East Tournament for the eighth consecutive year as the Retrievers blanked the visiting Binghamton Bearcats, 1-0, at Retriever Soccer Park on Wednesday evening. Despite getting off 26 shots, UMBC's lone goal came on a successful penalty kick by senior midfielder Mamadou Kansaye in the 33rd minute.
The Retrievers can clinch the AE regular season title with a victory this evening. UMBC can finish no worse than in third place as only Vermont and Hartford could surpass UMBC with two games left on the schedule.
UMBC is now unbeaten in its last 17 America East regular season contests (14-0-3) and is unbeaten versus its last 21 league foes (include playoffs). At Retriever Soccer Park, UMBC is unbeaten in its last 13 (11-0-2) contests when playing America East foes.
INSIDE THE SERIES: Vermont leads the all-time series, 5-4-2, and was the last America East team to win at UMBC, when they rallied to defeat the Retrievers, 2-1 two seasons ago. The series is even at 2-2-1 in games played at Retriever Soccer Park.
Last season, Kadeem Dacres headed home the game-winning goal with 12 seconds to play in regulation time as the visiting Retrievers rallied for a dramatic 2-1 victory at Vermont's Virtue Field. Jordan Becker scored the game-tying goal in the 59', after Vermont's Brian Wright opened the scoring in the 48'.
SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS: A long throw in by Hartford's Aleko Patridis meant for a teammate, glanced off the head of a UVM defender and into the net in the 88th minute to give the Hawks a 1-0 victory at Vermont in America East men's soccer action at Virtue Field on Saturday. Vermont falls to 7-6-1 and 2-2-1 in league play.
Senior GK Conor Leland was named America East Co-Player of the Week in men's soccer for the week ending October 19. Leland led Vermont to an unbeaten week (1-0-1) with back-to-back shutouts in two double-overtime conference games on the road. Leland was the 2012 America East Goalkeeper of the Year.
Sophomore forward Brian Wright is tied with UMBC's Kay Banjo for the league lead with seven goals on the season. Wright opened the season with the game-winning goal and an assist in the 2-0 victory at JMU.
The Catamounts have been tough away from home, posting a 2-3-2 record in road contests and 2-0-0 in neutral site games.
NEXT UP: UMBC concludes the regular season season at Stony Brook on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. at LaValle Stadium.