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MEN'S SOCCER RETURNS HOME ON SATURDAY TO ENTERTAIN VERMONT
HOME, SWEET HOME
UMBC returns to the friendly confines of UMBC Soccer Stadium for the first time since September 22, a 3-0 win over George Washington. The Retrievers had a brief hiccough in 2002, but have been dominant since the Soccer Stadium has hosted games, beginning in 1998. In that span, UMBC is 41-8-8, with 3 losses and 2 ties occurring in the 2002 campaign. UMBC has not lost a regular season home game since falling to Navy, 3-1, in September of 2002. They are 10-0-5 in that span.
SPEAKING OF HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
There have been 15 America East Conference games to date, and the home team has yet to suffer a defeat. Home teams are 9-0-6 through Wednesday’s games.
IT’S BEEN AWHILE...
since UMBC men’s soccer has suffered a four-game losing streak. The last such slide occured at the end of the 1997 season as the Retrievers (5-12-2 that campaign) dropped the final three games of the regular season and the first round game of the Big South playoffs. In fact, UMBC has only had three two-game losing streaks since then, one in each of the past three seasons.
SERIES HISTORY WITH VERMONT
UMBC won the first meeting between the two schools, 2-0, in Burlington, Vermont last season. Derek McElligott scored the game-winning goal in the 19th minute and Marcus Gross added an insurance tally in the 51st minute on a penalty kick. UMBC outshot Vermont, 17-11.
CATAMOUNT CAPSULE: Vermont is riding a three-game winning streak and have also won five of their last six contests. Senior forward Tony Anderson was last week’s America East Player of the Week with 2 goals and 2 assists in wins over Siena and Maine. Junior fullback Jesse Brady-Searby scored the game-winning goal in the 67th minute and snapped a 1-1 tie to propel Vermont to a 2-1 win over Stony Brook in Burlington, on Wednesday.
MC ELLIGOTT HITS THE CENTURY MARK
With his 45th career goal at Virginia, senior forward Derek McElligott became the third Retriever (and second in UMBC’s 19-year Division I history) to record 100 points (45g, 10a). His next goal or assist moves him past Giuliano Celenza to become UMBC’s all-time leading scorer at the Division I level. He also has tied Celenza with 17 career game-winning goals. McElligott would need seven more goals to surpass Ray Ford (51) and become UMBC’s all-time leading goal scorer.
OTHER PLAYER NOTES
Sophomore midfielder David Feazell scored his first goal of the season to tie the game at UNH in hte 68th minute. It was the first game this season that Feazell did not start. Freshman forward/midfielder Matt Watson earned an assist on the score, his fifth helper in seven games played.