A great local collegiate men's soccer rivalry picks up on Saturday, Sept. 20 when the 21st-ranked UMBC Retrievers welcome the Loyola Greyhounds to Retriever Soccer Park. Both squads enter the contest with records of 3-2-1. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.
UMBC will celebrate Baltimore Soccer Night as soccer alums from both institutions, plus alums from Towson University, Mount St. Mary's and the University of Baltimore will be offered reduced-price tickets. In addition, UMBC will present a banner unveiling to honor the 2013 America East championship team.
Live streaming of the game is available via www.umbcretrievers.tv, as part of the America East digital network.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: After extending its unbeaten streak to 14 by starting the 2014 campaign at 3-0-1, UMBC is coming off back-to-back one-goal setbacks at the UNLV Nike Invitational Tournament in Las Vegas. UMBC fell to UNLV, 1-0, and conceded leads of 2-0 and 3-1 in falling to Cal State-Fullerton, 4-3 in double overtime.
UMBC fell ten spots, but are still ranked at No. 21 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll. They are ranked no. 27 in College Soccer News. The NSCAA poll had the Retrievers at No. 28 (tied, also receiving votes) and No. 3 in the East region. UMBC had been ranked No. 1 in its region in the last ten ratings periods.
Senior forward Kay Banjo leads the team in scoring and is ranked second in America East with three goals and four assists. The Towson University transfer was recently named to the All-Tournament Team in the UNLV Nike Invitational. Senior midfielder Geaton Caltabiano has also scored three goals for the Retrievers, who are tied for 25th in the nation with 2.00 goals scored per game.
The next victory for Head Coach Pete Caringi, Jr. will be the 250th of his tenure (24 years) at UMBC.
GREYHOUND UPDATE: Senior Joseph Cahalan put away the rebound of a saved shot just 18 seconds into overtime to give the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team a 1-0 win over La Salle at Ridley Athletic Complex Wednesday night.
The Greyhounds have scored four goals in their first six contests and four different Loyola players (Cahalan, Tuck, Connor Thompson, Jake Heoux) hit the net. Laurin Vogel has a pair of assists, while Sanchez has posted three shutouts.
INSIDE THE SERIES: This will be the 26th meeting between the Retrievers and the Greyhounds. The Retrievers have a 4-19-2 overall record against the Greyhounds, but have won the last two and three of the last four meetings.
Last season, 21st-ranked UMBC broke through with three second-half goals to defeat Loyola 3-1 in front of 768 rain-soaked fans at the Ridley Athletic Complex. Caltabiano led the UMBC scoring charge, recording a goal and his national-best seventh assist of the season.
In 2012, the Retrievers prevailed, 2-0, at Retriever Soccer Park.
NEXT UP: UMBC hosts William & Mary at Retriever Soccer Park on Wednesday, Sept. 24. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.