Baltimore, Md.--The UMBC men's soccer team (5-3-2, 2-0 America East) posted its third consecutive shutout, blanking visiting Albany (4-5-2, 1-1 A. East), 3-0, in the Retrievers' first home league game of the season.


The Retrievers are now unbeaten in five straight (4-0-1) and they extended their home unbeaten streak (regular season) to 25 games (18-0-7).


Freshman netminder Steve King (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley HS) posted his third shutout in three collegiate starts, making three saves as the UMBC defense gave the Great Danes few good scoring chances.


"I am really proud of how our team played," Head Coach Pete Caringi said. "Defensively, we've played well for three straight games and have played much more disciplined soccer. Today was our most complete game to date."


Neither team generated much offensively in a scoreless first half, but UMBC's freshmen keyed a second half surge. Freshman forward Manuel Mariel (Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands), making his first start since the season opener, captured the ball away from an Albany defender at the 30-yard line and drove down the right side. With Albany netminder Steward Ceus out of the net, Mariel rolled in a 20-yard shot just inside the far left post at the 59:04 mark for his first goal of the season.


Freshman midfielder Dan Bulls (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) set up UMBC's second goal as he stole a pass along the right sideline and led sophomore midfielder Matt Watson (Redditch,England/Bridley Moor) into the box. Watson beat a charging Ceus from 12 yards away, again inside the far left post at the 79:49 mark.


Reserve senior forward Andres Serafini (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) scored his second career goal at 87:41, converting passes from junior striker David Feazell (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) and junior midfielder Kevin Mezzadra (Fallston, Md./Loyola-Blakefield).


UMBC has not allowed a goal in 309:37, since Mt. St. Mary's tallied in the 70th minute on September 21.


Shots were even at 11-all, and Ceus made four saves for the Great Danes. Junior forward Yan Gbolo and freshman midfielder Mikael McNamara recorded three shots each for the visitors.


The series now stands at 1-1-1. UMBC has outscored America East opponents, 21-6, in two-plus seasons in games played at home.