In a game that is becoming one of the best America East rivalries, eighth-ranked UMBC (11-1-1, 2-0-1) hosts New Hampshire (9-3-0, 3-0-0) in a men's soccer showdown at Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday evening. The two squads have battled in the league's title game in two of the past three seasons and both teams are off to outstanding starts in 2013 America East play. UMBC Soccer will honor its four seniors - Pete Caringi III, Kadeem Dacres, Travis Dennis and Phil Saunders - before the 7:00 p.m. kick-off time and will also honor the anniversaries of the 1973 and 2003 championship teams. Live stats and video are available via www.umbcretrievers.com for the contest.
SR M Kadeem Dacres headed home the game-winning goal with 12 seconds to play in regulation time as the visiting Retrievers rallied for a dramatic 2-1 victory at Vermont's Virtue Field on Wednesday. UMBC fell behind, 1-0, in the 48th minute, but JR B Jordan Becker scored the tying goal 11 minutes later.
As of Oct 18, SR F Pete Caringi III is tied for third in the nation in goals scored (10), and tied for sixth in points scored (22) and JR M Geaton Caltabiano is tied for fifth in the nation with seven total assists.
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 No. 8 for the second consecutive week, slipping one notch from two weeks ago and surpassing its previous best mark of No. 14 in 2000. The Retrievers' No. 7 ranking by Top Drawer Soccer is its top position in any media-affiliated men's 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, Oct. 15).
The victory at Vermont was UMBC's first since 2004 snapped a four-game winless (0-3-1) streak in Burlington.
UMBC was ranked 25th in the nation in home attendance in 2012 with 981 fans per game. Through Oct. 12 (9 games), UMBC is averaging 1,287 at home (Retriever Soccer Park/UMBC Stadium).
UMBC is now 38-31-12 in ten America East seasons, which includes a mark of 24-9-6 (.692) in games at home in league play.
UMBC's road unbeaten streak was extended to eight (6-0-2) with the victory at Vermont. That ties the longest in school history, which was previously recorded in the 1999 campaign (also 6-0-2).
UMBC has won three times (of four) when allowing the game's first goal. The first occurred vs. Navy (a 3-2 double OT win) and the last two have been 2-1 conference road victories (at Hartford, at Vermont).
Dacres' goal at Vermont was the latest scored in regulation (89:48) in school history to give UMBC a victory. There have been two others that occurred in the final minute- Matt Gormley scored at 89:43 in a 3-2 win over Robert Morris on Sept. 19, 1998 and Eric Bathras tallied at 89:35 in a 3-2 victory at Howard on Oct. 29, 1993.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The series is squared at 4-5-5 in 14 previous meetings, but the Retrievers have a six-game unbeaten streak alive (2-0-4) vs. the Wildcats. Four of the previous five games have been draws, and four of those results have gone 110 scoreless minutes. The Retrievers are 3-1-3 vs. UNH in games played in Baltimore.
In 2012, the teams played to a 1-1 draw in Durham and then the teams battled to a 0-0 double overtime deadlock in the America East title game played at UMBC. The Retrievers advanced, 4-2, in penalty kicks, and claimed the league championship.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
JR G Travis Worra made eight saves to tally his fifth shutout of the season as UNH blanked Hartford, 2-0, Wednesday night in Durham, N.H. SR M Ugochukwu Uche and JR F David Schlatter each notched a goal in the contest. The win is the fourth consecutive and brings the Wildcats to 9-3-0 on the year and to 3-0-0 in America East play.
The eight-save effort helped Worra to his fifth shutout of the year and improve his record to 7-1-0. He has allowed just three goals all year for a nation-leading 0.36 goals against average and also a nation-leading .929 save percentage. Uche leads UNH with four goals on the campaign. SO M Jesus Tudela is the only other multiple-goal scorer for the Wildcats with three scores. He leads the club with 9 total points