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MEN'S SOCCER TO HOST COCA-COLA/adidas KICK OFF CLASSIC
The UMBC men's soccer team will try to extend a 20-game regular season home unbeaten streak (14-0-6) when they host Rider on Friday in Game #2 of the Coca-Cola/adidas Kick Off Classic. UMBC's (0-2) 2:30 p.m. game vs. the Broncs (0-1-1) will follow a riveting contest at noon between a pair of 2-0 teams in Davidson and Navy. On Sunday, Navy takes on Rider at noon, followed by UMBC vs. Davidson at 2:30 p.m. All games will take place at UMBC Stadium.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: UMBC has hosted a "Kick-Off-style" tournament or classic in each of the last eight seasons. The Retrievers have won the tournament in four of the last six years and have compiled a record of 11-3-2 overall. Other tournament winners were Philadephia (1997), Winthrop (1998), Hofstra (2002) and Georgia Southern (2004).
ROUGH START: It was a weekend that UMBC hopes to put behind them very quickly, as the Retrievers dropped decisions to Georgia Southern (3-0) and Niagara (3-2) to start at 0-2 under Head Coach Pete Caringi (1991) and the first time since 1989…UMBC outshot its opponents by a combined, 50-15, in two games, including a 32-9 edge in the loss to Niagara…the Retrievers held a 2-1 lead for 55 minutes against the Purple Eagles, but two NU goals in the span of 3:06 in the 75th and 78th minutes were the difference…freshman forward Kevin Gnatiko scored his first collegiate goal in the 6th minute vs. Niagara and junior forward David Feazell put UMBC ahead again in the 19th minute…Feazell was credited with 7 shots in the game, leading the UMBC barrage…the Retrievers are now 2-9-1 in their last 12 games away from their Baltimore campus.
TOURNAMENT TEAM NOTES
Davidson is 2-0 after solid wins over Charlotte (3-2) and UNC Wilmington (2-0) as they co-hosted a tournament with UNC Greensboro last weekend...Robby Hoak scored a goal in each game of the tournament...Davidson played a man-up in parts of each of the first two games....the Wildcats were 11-10-1 last season.
Navy is 2-0 after opening with wins over Niagara (4-1) and Georgia Southern (4-0)...Carter Stapleton scored 2 goals and added 2 assists in the weekend’s games, while J.P. Murphy added a pair of goals...Head Coach Rich Miranda is in his first year at the helm of the Midshipmen...Navy was 3-10-4 in 2004.
Rider is 0-1-1 after a 0-0double overtime tie vs. Colgate and a 1-0 loss to the America East’s Albany in a home tournament last weekend...Rider was 6-14-0 last year and advanced to the title game of the MAAC Tournament.