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Men's Soccer Hosts Navy at Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday Evening
The UMBC men’s soccer team (2-0-1) gets back to business after a mid-week weather-related postponement on Saturday, Sept. 10 when they host the Navy Midshipmen (1-2-1) at Retriever Soccer Park. Kick-off time for the game is set for 7:00 p.m. Navy won last year's meeting, 2-0, in Annapolis and is coming off a 3-3 tie with Loyola on Wednesday evening.
UMBC TEAM NOTES: The win over FDU extended UMBC’s unbeaten streak to 12, dating back to Oct. 15 of last season… UMBC had not posted a win over FDU since their first meeting in 1994... FDU had won six and tied three since that encounter, including three overtime victories… UMBC has not allowed a goal in 430 minutes since permitting a first-half tally to Princeton in the NCAA First Round game in 2010… The Retrievers have recorded three shutouts to start a season for the first time since 2003 and just the second time in UMBC’s Division I (1986) history... UMBC is now 15-0-1 in September home games since the 2007 season… UMBC has had one weather-related postponement in three of the past four seasons- 2008 and 2010 vs. Loyola and the 2011 cancellation vs. Towson.
Inside the Series: The Mids lead the overall series, 16-3-3 and are 11-3-3 vs. UMBC in NCAA Division I (1986) meetings. UMBC is 0-2-2 in its last four meetings vs. Navy, with the last win occurring in 1998, a 5-2 decision at home.
Last season, Navy defeated UMBC, 2-0, in Annapolis. The Mids scored a late first-half goal in the 42nd minute to take a 1-0 lead into intermission and added a score in the 73rd minute. Navy outshot UMBC, 15-11, including 10-8 in the final 45 minutes. Retriever sophomore netminder Phil Saunders was credited with four saves in the contest.
David Jackson scored just 41 seconds before the contest was called because of lightning to knot the score at 3-3. Zach Davis and Joseph Greenspan scored in the first half to give the Mids the early edge.
Goalkeeper Aaron Dupere and midfielder Mike Rakoczy earned All-Tournament team honors for the Holiday Inn Express BWI Classic last weekend. Rakoczy scored the game-tying goal in the 2-1 win over St. Francis-N.Y., while midfielder Eric Wootten tallied the game-winner.