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Men's Soccer to Host Conference Unbeaten Albany in Homecoming Day Match
Halfway through the America East season, the UMBC men's soccer team is in first place with a 2-1-1 record. However, three points separate first place from last place, and the Retrievers face an improving Albany squad in the Homecoming game at UMBC Soccer Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1:00 p.m. There will be a delayed radio broadcast of this game, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. on WVIE, 1370 AM or www.v1370.com.
The UMBC menís soccer team recorded its eighth shutout of the season as the Retrievers picked up a crucial point on the road in a 0-0 double-overtime draw with host Vermont on Wednesday.
The Retrieversí best chance occurred in the early stages of the second half as a blast by junior midfielder Shondell Busby from 18 yards away was tipped by Catamount netminder Roger Scully off the crossbar.
UMBC improved upon its nationally-ranked defensive stats as junior goalkeeper Steve King made five saves to earn his league-high eighth shutout. King entered play this week 21st in the nation in goals against average (0.646) and 20th in save percentage (85.5%). The Retrievers now have eight shutouts in 13 outings and were tied for tenth in the nation in shutout percentage through games of Oct. 7. King now has 16 career shutouts and his eight in America East play leads the league.
Andrew Gillis leads the Retrievers with five goals and has scored four times in the last five games. He was tied for second in the America East Conference in goals entering playing this week.
The Retrievers had three of the top eight assist-men in the conference entering play this week. Kevin Gnatiko is tied for third with four, while Bryan Moffa and Shondell Busby were tied for fifth with three helpers each.
The win over Maine, UMBCís sixth of the season, surpassed last yearís win total of five victories.
UMBC has permitted only one goal in the past five games, no first half scores in the last seven games.
Albany leads the series with UMBC at 2-1-1. The Retrieversí lone win occured two seasons ago at UMBC Stadium when they triumphed, 3-0. Last season, Albany won at home, 3-1. Kevin Gnatiko scored on a penalty kick in the 62nd minute after the Retrievers fell into a 3-0 hole.
The Great Danes
Albany is the lone team in the America East not to taste defeat yet, as the Great Danes are 1-0-2 in conference play. They have gone to overtime in all three of their league games, recording a 1-0 win at Vermont and home draws with UNH (0-0) and Boston Univ. (1-1). The Danes allowed 20 goals in their first eight games, but just one in the last three. Junior back Erik DiLorenzo, who scored against UMBC last season, put Albany ahead in the 69th minute vs. the Terriers on Wednesday, but BU scored three minutes later to deadlock the game.
The Retrievers are 12-2-4 at home in America East Conference play.