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Men's Soccer Hosts Hartford in America East Quarterfinals on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.; First 200 UMBC Students Admitted Free w I.D.
Liam Paddock is one of two active Retrievers to have a goal in America East Championship play.
For the first time in its nine-year America East Conference history, UMBC will compete in its third consecutive league tournament. The defending champions will make their sixth appearance in the post-season tournament with an NCAA bid on the line to the victor. The fourth-seeded Retrievers’ journey starts at Retriever Soccer Park, where they entertain No. 5 Hartford. The date is Saturday, Nov. 5 with a kick-off time of 7:00 p.m. The game will be streamed on umbcretrievers.tv with Paul Mittermeier and Andy Wells on the call. The first 200 UMBC students with valid ID will be admitted free to the contest.
AS OF LATE: UMBC (7-7-3, 4-3-0) dropped its fourth straight game in a 4-1 setback at Vermont on Saturday, Oct. 29. Vermont scored twice in the final seven minutes, after UMBC, playing with 10 men, cut the deficit to 2-1. After starting conference play at 0-2-2, Hartford (6-8-4, 3-2-2) won its last three games, defeating UMBC, Binghamton and Stony Brook, to earn the No. 5 seed.
A GLANCE AT THE HAWKS: Hartford is the hottest team in America East entering the tournament with three consecutive wins. They have scored 16 goals in the last nine games and lead the conference with 25 total goals on the season. David Bernhardsson has sparked the team since his first appearance inlate September. He leads the conference with 1.50 points per game. UH has outscored its foes, 13-3, in the first half, put has allowed 20 goals after the break (20-12) in 2011. Hartford has been to the AE Championships in four of the last five season. They have three tournament titles to their credit (1991, 1992, 1999).
1989 H T 0-0
2003 A W 3-0
2004 H W 1-0
2005 A W 2-0
2006 H W 5-2
2007 A L 1-2
A$ T 1-1, 2OT
2008 H L 0-2
2009 A L 0-3
2010 H W 3-0
INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC leads the all-time series, 5-4-2, but Hartford is 3-1-1 vs. the Retrievers in the last five meetings. Speaking of 3-1-1, that is UMBC’s mark vs. the Hawks in matches played at the Baltimore campus. Bernhardsson had a goal and a helper in Hartford’s 3-1 win at Al-Marzook Field just two weeks ago. The Retrievers played much of the second half two-men down and ended the game playing 8-on-11.
The two teams have met only once before in tournament play. In 2007, the squads battled to a 1-1 draw over 110 minutes at Hartford, but UMBC prevailed, 5-4, on penalty kicks to advance to the semifinals.
UMBC TOURNAMENT HISTORY:
The Retrievers are 3-4-2 in five previous championship appearances… The Retrievers played two previous quarterfinal matches (2007, 2009) and advanced both times… At home, UMBC is 1-2-1 in tournament play, and 0-1-1 at Retriever Soccer Park.
A No. 4 seed has not won the America East title since 1996 (Boston U.)and had one prior title in 1992 (Hartford).