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Men's Soccer Hits the Road for First of Three Straight; Retrievers Visit Mount St. Mary's on Friday
The UMBC men’s soccer team (1-0-2) takes its show on the road for the first time this season when they make the 45-minute drive to Emmitsburg, Md. to take on the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers (1-2-0) on Fri., Sept. 6. Kick-off time from Waldron Family Stadium is set for 4:00 p.m. Live stats are available at http://livestats.prestosports.com/themount/msoc/?e=t3xss3p8n2aelsyw and video can be seen at http://www.necfrontrow.com.
The 1-0-2 start is the first-ever in UMBC’s 27-year Division I soccer history. UMBC is undefeated through three games- a feat they have accomplished nine times in the past 14 years.
A GLANCE AT THE MOUNTAINEERS: Mount St. Mary's managed to finish with an 8-7-2 record and finished above .500 in 2011. The Mount had a terrific home record going 6-1-1, but they struggled against opponents on the road. SO Zoncher Dennis led the team with 23 points in his freshman campaign.
The Mount (1-2-0) dropped its home opener, 2-1 OT, to visiting Towson University. The Tigers scored early just before the 10th minute. The Mount answered back at the 49th, but could not seal the deal against the Tigers in OT. SR G Peter Steve finished the game with four saves against the Tigers. In their next effort against VMI, the Mount won 1-0 and Steve had his first clean sheet of the season.
On Sunday, the Mount fell at LaSalle, 2-0. The Explorers netted goals in the 9th and 63rd of play and went on to record the shutout. The Mount had opportunities with 12 shots, but LaSalle executed off of a cross and a rebound.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC has a nine-game winning streak and 14-game unbeaten streak vs. Mount St. Mary’s and the Retrievers lead the all-time series, 22-11-2. UMBC is 13-0-1 vs. Mount St. Mary’s since a 1997 setback to the Mountaineers and has more wins vs. the Mount (22) than any other program. The Mountaineers’ last result vs. UMBC was a 1-1 draw in 2001 and their last victory was a 3-0 triumph in 1997-both occurring at UMBC. The Retrievers have won six straight in Emmitsburg- the last Mount win (1-0) occurred in 1996.
UP NEXT: The Retrievers face the sternest test of the year when they play at No. 4 Maryland on Tues., Sept. 11. Kick-off time is set for 7:30 p.m. from Ludwig Field. It will be the Retrievers’ first game at Maryland since 2000, when they defeated the Terrapins, 2-0. In 2011, the visiting Terps nipped UMBC, 4-3, in double overtime in a contest played before 2,513 fans at Retriever Soccer Park.