The UMBC men's soccer team (3-0-0) takes on high-powered St. Francis Brooklyn (1-1-0) to determine the champion of the 2013 Hampton Inn BWI Classic when the teams meet at Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday, Sept. 7. Both the Retrievers and the Terriers won their openers in tourney play, as UMBC defeated Central Connecticut State, 3-1, and St. Francis nipped Navy, 2-1 on Thursday evening. Kick-off time is 7:00 p.m. at the Park. Live video streaming is available on www.umbcretrievers.tv.
UMBC (3-0-0) extended its unbeaten streak (dating back to last year) to 12 (9-0-3) with its third consecutive 3-1 victory, achieved over Central Connecticut State in the first round of the Hampton Inn BWI Classic on Sept. 5. The Retrievers had captured the Springhill Suites Arundel Mills BWI Kick-Off Classic with 3-1 victories over both Seattle U. and UNLV last weekend. UMBC's +4 goal differential just bested Delaware's +3 in the Hens' victories over the Redhawks and Rebels.
Dating back to 2012, UMBC is now unbeaten in its last 12 contests (9-0-3) and has outscored their opponents, 28-6, in that span. It is the longest unbeaten streak since 1999, when that championship squad went 19-0-2 in the regular season.
With his two goals vs. Central, SR F Pete Caringi III now has 30 career goals and has moved into a tie for ninth place (Sean Miller, 30, 1989-92) on UMBC's all-time list. Moreover, he is the fastest to score six goals (three games) at the start of a season in school history. But Andrew Bulls (2008-11) scored seven in four games in 2009.
INSIDE THE SERIES: - This will be the 11th meeting between the Retrievers and the Terriers.
The Retrievers have a 5-2-3 overall record against the Terriers and are 2-2-0 at home. Two out of the last three meetings between these teams have ended in 0-0 overtime ties, while the Terriers won the other game in 2OT.
The most recent encounter took place just two seasons ago in Baltimore. The game was deadlocked at 0-0 in the 70th minute when a power failure halted the match.
A GLANCE AT THE TERRIERS: St. Francis Brooklyn ended the 2012 season with an overall record of 7-10-1, with a 4-7-0 record on the road. Six of St. Francis Brooklyn's ten losses last year came by a single goal.
St. Francis Brooklyn opened up their season with a 1-0 loss to the No. 5 UConn Huskies on Aug. 30, but evened their record at 1-1-0 with a 2-1 victory at Navy in the Hampton Inn BWI Classic contest on Sept. 5.
Highly-decorated JR F Kevin Correa led the Northeast Conference last year in points (25), and goals (11). He was named NEC Rookie of the Year, and to the NEC All-Conference First Team in 2012. Correa score the game-winning goal vs. the Mids. SR F Gabriel Bagot also returns for the St. Francis Brooklyn lineup. He led the team with six assists in 2012, and was named to the NEC All-Conference Second Team.
After sitting out all of last season, GK Jack Binks made five saves in the season opener against the Huskies.