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Eighth-Ranked Men's Soccer to Face William & Mary in Tough Road Contest on Wednesday Evening
UMBC plays its final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday, Oct. 9, when the Retrievers travel to Williamsburg, Va. to meet the William & Mary Tribe at Martin Family Stadium. The eighth-ranked Retrievers (10-1-0) shook off a tough 1-0 double overtime loss to Delaware last Tuesday and extended their road unbeaten streak to seven with a 2-1 America East Conference win at Hartford on Saturday. William & Mary (5-3-1) is also coming of a Saturday evening victory, a 2-0 decision over College of Charleston. The Tribe has knocked off two teams- Creighton and North Carolina Ė that were ranked No. 1 in the nation at the time of the game. Live stats will be available via www.umbcretrievers.com for the game, which kicks off at 7:00 p.m.
UMBC garnered its top two rankings in school history in two polls for games ending Sept. 22 (Top Drawer Soccer) and Sept. 30 (NSCAA). In the NSCAA poll, UMBC is now No. 8, slipping one notch from a week ago and surpassing its previous best mark of No. 14 in 2000. The Retrieversí No. 8 ranking by Top Drawer Soccer (the previous two weeks) is its top position in any media-affiliated menís soccer poll.
For the first time in school history, UMBC was ranked No. 1 in its (Northeast) region (NSCAA, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8).
The nine-game winning streak (to start the season) tied the second-longest in school history. The 2009 Retrievers also won nine straight contests to open the season. The 1999 Retrievers won 13 in a row in the midst of a 19-1-2 campaign.
Cal Poly leads the nation with 32 goals scored and UMBC is fourth with 27. Dayton leads the nation at 2.80 goals per game and UMBC is seventh at 2.45.
UMBC was ranked 25th in the nation in home attendance in 2012 with 981 fans per game. Through Oct. 1 (8 games), UMBC is averaging 1,228 at Retriever Soccer Park.
UMBCís road unbeaten streak was extended to seven (5-0-2) with the victory at Hartford. The longest in school history is eight (6-0-2), recorded in the 1999 campaign.
SCOUTING THE TRIBE
Red-shirt senior Chris Perez netted the game-winning goal in the 40th minute and redshirt freshman Mac Phillips made three saves en route to a shutout, as the William and Mary menís soccer team blanked College of Charleston, 1-0, on Saturday, Oct. 5. William and Mary improved to 5-3-1, 1-1-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Phillips ended the night making three saves on his way to his CAA-leading fifth shutout of the season. The Franklin, Va. native now owns a 0.71 goals-against average.
William & Mary has knocked off two teams- Creighton (3-2, ot) and North Carolina (1-0) that were ranked No. 1 in the nation at the team of the contest.
Soph. F/MF Jackson Eskay leads a balanced attack with three goals and three assists, while junior forward Josh West also has three goals.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The two teams last met in a second round NCAA Tournament contest in Williamsburg in 2010. The game was scoreless through 110 minutes and the host Tribe advanced, 4-3, in penalty kicks. The previous meeting occurred in 2002. UMBC is 0-3-2 in five matches vs. W&M and has managed only a single goal in those five contests.
UMBC returns to America East competition on Saturday, Oct. 12 when they host Albany in Homecoming Weekend festivities. The afternoon kick-off time is set for 2:30 p.m.