The UMBC men's soccer squad plays its penultimate non-conference game of the season on Tuesday, Sept. 30 when the Retrievers travel to the University of Delaware to take on the 23rd-ranked Blue Hens at Stuart and Suzanne Grant Stadium. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. and links for live stats and video streaming can be accessed via www.umbcretrievers.com.
LAST TIME OUT: Despite outshooting host George Mason, 13-10, and putting nine shots on frame, UMBC lost by more than one goal for the first time in over two years as the 20th-ranked Patriots prevailed, 3-0, at George Mason Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 27. UMBC slipped to 3-4-2 on the season and is winless in its last five outings.
A GLANCE AT THE RETRIEVERS: Senior forward Kay Banjo leads the squad with four goals and four helpers on the season. Entering play this week, he led America East in assists (0.44) and shots per game (3.11) and is tied for the top spot in points per game (1.33), Senior midfielder Geaton Caltabiano has added three goals for UMBC. Red-shirt freshman netminder Phil Breno has earned all nine decisions in the goal and has a goals-against mark of 1.36.
Head Coach Pete Caringi, Jr. is coaching the Retrievers for the 24th season. He is seeking career victory No. 250 as he enters this evening's contest with a sterling mark of 249-148-56.
A GLANCE AT THE BLUE HENS: Delaware (7-2-0),ranked No. 23 in the latest NSCAA poll, had the weekend off after snapping a brief two-game slide with a 3-0 victory at Temple on Sept. 24. Midfielder Guillermo Delgado started the game's scoring at the 12:58 mark as the sophomore registered his team and Colonial Athletic Association-leading seventh goal of the season. Delgado, who scored 15 goals in an All-American freshman campaign, currently ranks fifth the country in total goals this season.
Delaware opened the season by facing the same two foes that UMBC battled in the Doubletree BWI Classic and earned shutouts of Sacred Heart and LIU-Brooklyn by identical 2-0 scores. The Blue Hens, an NCAA Tournament squad from 2013, are 5-0 at home in 2014.
ALL-TIME SERIES: UMBC leads the all-time series, 14-8-3, but suffered its lone loss of the 2013 season to Delaware, 1-0, in double overtime at Retriever Soccer Park. The Hens snapped a seven-game winless streak versus UMBC with a late goal on a deflection off a Retriever defender. The last meeting in Delaware occurred in 2002 and resulted in a scoreless draw.
UP NEXT: The Retrievers open the defense of their America East title as they welcome UMass Lowell (3-7-0) to Retriever Soccer Park for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 4. The two teams met for the first time ever in 2013, with UMBC prevailing, 2-0, in Lowell, Mass.