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UMBC To Host the 11th Annual adidas Kick Off Menís Soccer Classic
UMBC will host the 11th annual adidas Kick Off Menís Soccer Classic on Friday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 9. The Retrievers entertain St. Francis (N.Y.) at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, after Navy opens the competition with a 2:00 p.m. contest vs.
The Retrievers have a record of 13-4-3 in ten previous tournaments and won titles in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005.
UMBC (2-0) is off to its best start since 2001, as they swept a pair of games and captured the Anders Soccer Classic at Navy last weekend. Freshmen B.J. Quigley (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) and Levi Houapeu (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill) scored 26 seconds apart in the 2-1 win over Air Force and goalkeeper Steve King (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) recorded the Retrieversí first shutout in 21 games with a 2-0 victory over Temple. Defender Philippe Bissohong (
St. Francis (N.Y.) (1-1) dropped its first game of the season, a 2-1 setback at
The Retrievers and Terriers are former league rivals as UMBC spent five seasons (1998-2002) in the Northeast Conference. UMBC owns a 5-1-1 all-time record vs. St. Francis and are riding a five-game winning streak. UMBC is ranked No. 10 in the Northeast region, while St. Francis (N.Y.) is eighth (tied with Iona) in the
Navy (ranked eighth in Middle Atlantic region) enters this weekendís play at 1-0-1, after playing
Defenseman Will Riordon and goalkeeper Evan Barnes earned the Patriot League's first installment of the men's soccer Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week accolades, respectively, for their roles in last weekend's shutouts at the Anders Navy Soccer Classic. Senior forward Travis King scored the game-winning goal vs. the Falcons.
Iona (1-1, ranked eighth in the
Paul Racines and Bryan Oelkers each scored their first goal of the year for the Gaels in the win over the Highlanders. Despite a second half goal by sophomore Fabian Contreras, the Gaels were unable to surpass the Pioneers as the the hosts built a 2-0 lead and tacked on an insurance goal.
UMBC is 1-0-1 vs.