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Men's Soccer Set to Entertain Vermont on Saturday at UMBC Soccer Stadium
The UMBC men's soccer team tries to recapture its home field magic as the Retrievers (5-3-2, 0-1-1) host a solid Vermont (5-2-4, 1-0-0) squad on Saturday, Oct. 11 at UMBC Soccer Stadium. The opening kick-off takes place at 1:00 p.m.
Notes: The nationís seventh-leading goal scorer, junior forward Carlos Villa, burned host UMBC for the game-winning goal and added an assist as the visiting Hawks blanked the Retrievers, 2-0, in an America East contest at UMBC Soccer Stadium on Wednesday.
The Retrievers had several streaks come to an endóa nine-game home unbeaten streak (7-0-2), a six-game home America East (4-0-2) unbeaten run and a more modest three-game overall unbeaten streak.
UMBC had not lost a home conference game since a 3-1 loss to Binghamton in 2006. In six years, UMBC has lost only five times at home (14-5-5) to America East competition and three of those losses have occurred after a game at Maine.
Hartford outshot UMBC, 11-9 and freshman netminder Luke Citriniti recorded three saves. Steve King posted six saves for the home side. UH junior midfielder Ivan Guarin was named Man of the Game for the visitors, while senior reserve midfielder Kevin Gnatiko earned the honor for the Retrievers.
UMBC leads the series with Vermont, 2-1-2, but are 0-1-2 in the last three meetings. UMBC is 1-0-1 at home vs. the Catamounts, winning a 3-0 decision in 2004 and playing to a 1-1 draw in 2006. Last year, the two teams played their first scoreless draw in Burlington, Vermont.
Vermontís five-goal outburst in its 5-1 win over Stony Brook last Saturday was the most goals scored by a Catamount squad in 117 games (Oct. 2, 2002)... goals by Connor Tobin and Patrick Alonis and a sturdy defensive effort allowed Vermont to hold off Dartmouth, 2-1, in college men's soccer Wednesday afternoon at Centennial Field....Tobin scored in the seventh minute of play and the Catamounts have scored five times in the opening ten minutes of aciton this season... Ameica East assist leader Jordan Crasilneck picked up his ninth helper of the season on Tobinís goal.