For the second time in three years, the UMBC men's soccer team (11-4-6) has reached the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship. The Retrievers advanced to this round via penalty kicks, as they bested host Old Dominion, 4-2, after 110 minutes did not produce a score for either side. UMBC's reward is a date with the defending national champion North Carolina Tar Heels (15-3-2) on Sunday, Nov. 18. Kick-off at Fetzer Field is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.
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- UMBC is unbeaten in its last eight contests (6-0-2) and has outscored their opponents, 19-3, in that span.
- The Retrievers have captured the America East title and advanced to the second round in the NCAA Championship for the second time in three seasons.
- In 2010, UMBC defeated No. 10 and host Princeton, 2-1, in the tournament's first round. The Retrievers played No. 7 William & Mary to a 0-0 2OT draw, but did not advance, falling in penalty kicks, 4-3.
- This is UMBC's third NCAA College Cup appearance overall, having earned a bid in 1999. That year, UMBC played at No. 1 Duke, and led, 3-1, before falling, 4-3, in overtime. UMBC ended that season at 19-1-1 and owned the nation's best winning percentage.
- UMBC's current eight-game unbeaten streak is its longest of the season and its longest most since opening the 2010 season with nine consecutive victories.
- Known for its offense for most of the season, UMBC has not allowed a goal in 441 minutes and was 23rd in the nation, allowing 0.81 goals per game.
- America East teams have advanced to the second round of the NCAA College Cup in nine of the last 12 years, including UMBC in 2010 and 2012.