The 11th-ranked UMBC men's soccer team completes its three-game homestand on Tuesday, Oct. 1 when the Retrievers face an explosive Delaware squad at Retriever Soccer Park. UMBC (9-0-0) is ranked fourth in the nation in scoring offense at 2.78 goals per match and Delaware (7-1-0) leads the country at 2.88 per contest. The Retrievers will also put their 18-martch unbeaten streak on the line against the Blue Hens. Live stats and free live video (www.umbcretrievers.tv) are available for the contest and all UMBC home soccer matches in 2013.
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Dating back to 2012, UMBC is now unbeaten in its last 18 contests (15-0-3) and has outscored their opponents, 43-12, in that span. It is the longest unbeaten streak since 1999, when that championship squad went 19-0-2 in the regular season.
Entering play this weekend, UMBC is second with 25 goals scored. Cal Poly leads the nation with 27 scored.
SR Pete Caringi III is tied for the nation's lead in goals scored (9) and tied for third in goals per game (1.00). JR M Geaton Caltabiano is second in assists (7) and third in assists per game (0.78).
The Retrievers remained at No. 8 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll and moved up seven spots to 14th in College Soccer News' poll. UMBC made its debut in the Soccer America poll at No. 25 (tied) and is No. 11 in the Continental Tire/NSCAA Coaches' poll for games ending Sept. 22, 2013. UMBC garnered its top two rankings in school history in two polls for games ending Sept. 22. In the NSCAA poll, UMBC is now No. 11, surpassing its previous mark of No. 14 in 2000. The Retrievers' No. 8 ranking by Top Drawer Soccer (the last two weeks) 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. In games through Sept. 23, UMBC was ranked No. 1 in the nation for NCAA Division I college soccer programs in the Massey Ratings. The Massey Ratings utilize actual game scores and margins in a diminishing returns fashion.
The current nine-game winning streak ties 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 27 goals scored and UMBC is just behind at 25. Delaware leads the nation at 2.88 goals per game and UMBC is fourth at 2.78.
UMBC is 34-4-13 (.794) in August/September home games since the 2003 season. Overall, UMBC was a perfect 8-0-0 in September- one fewer win than the 9-0-0 the 2009 produced in the ninth month.
UMBC was ranked 25th in the nation in home attendance in 2012 with 981 fans per game. Through Sept. 28 (7 games), UMBC was averaging 1,245 at Retriever Soccer Park.
SCOUTING THE BLUE HENS
The Blue Hens come into the game with an overall record of 7-1-0 and have outscored their opponents, 23-11. UD has won four straight games and are receiving votes in this week's College Soccer News' poll.
Delaware had the weekend off after blanking Iona, 3-0, in New Rochelle, N.Y. on Sept. 25. SO M Joe Dipre doubled his goal total for the year with a pair of scores vs. the Gaels. FR M Guillermo Delgado has made a tremendous impact in his first season. The collegiate newcomer and Pete Caringi III are tied near the top of the national charts with nine goals apiece. JR G Borja Barbero has started in seven of the Blue Hens' eight games, and leads the team in saves with 22.
INSIDE THE SERIES
This will be the 17th meeting between the Retrievers and the Blue Hens.The Retrievers have a 14-7-3 overall record against the Blue Hens and are 6-2-1 when playing at Retriever Soccer Park since 1989 (NCAA Division I era).
The last matchup between the Retrievers and the Blue Hens occurred in 2009 when UMBC prevailed, 5-1 in Baltimore.
UMBC is unbeaten in its last seven matches (5-0-2) vs. Delaware.
UMBC opens its 11th season of America East Conference play and the defense of its 2012 league title on Saturday, Oct. 5 when they travel to West Hartford, Conn. to take on the Hartford Hawks. Game time from Al-Marzook Field is 7:00 p.m. and live, free video streaming will be available.