The UMBC men's soccer team opens its 12th America East Conference season on Saturday, Oct. 4 when they welcome the U Mass Lowell River Hawks to Retriever Soccer Park. The opening kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m. and live streaming is available on www.umbcretrievers.tv, a part of the America East digital network. Live stats are also available via the link on www.umbcretrievers.com and you can also follow all the action via UMBC Front Row, the Retrievers' mobile app.
A GLANCE AT THE RETRIEVERS: Junior midfielder Joseph Pratt was credited with the game's lone goal in the 80th minute and red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper Billy Heavner shutout the third-ranked scoring offense in the nation as the Retrievers defeated No. 23 Delaware, 1-0, at Stuart and Suzanne Grant Stadium on Sept. 30.
The victory was the 250th at UMBC for Head Coach Pete Caringi in his 24th season at the helm. Entering the season, UMBC mentor Pete Caringi was 31st in total victories amongst all active NCAA Division I coaches,
The Retrievers are unbeaten (5-0-1) in their last six home league contests, dating back to a 2012 setback to Vermont. The Retrievers are 41-31-13 (.559) and 26-9-6 (.707) at home in 11 previous AE campaigns.
UMBC is 5-3-3 in 11 previous America East lid-lifters.
Senior forward Kay Banjo leads UMBC with four goals and four assists on the campaign. Banjo, who did not play in the Delaware contest (injury), leads the America East Conference in assists per game (0.44) and is tied for the top spot in points per game (1.33).
A GLANCE AT THE RIVERHAWKS: Coming into Baltimore, UMass-Lowell opens their second season of America East Conference play. After defeating Sacred Heart on September 27th, by a score of 2-0, the Riverhawks look to continue their winning ways. For UML, sophomore forward Bryan Amaris and senior forward Homero Morais led the team to a 2-0 victory with each producing a goal.
On the year, UMass-Lowell is 3-7-0 with victories against St. Francis-Brooklyn, LaSalle and the recent defeat of Sacred Heart. Sophomore Wuilito Fernandes leads UML with three goals on the year. Freshman Austin Kroll (Perry Hall) has accumulated two shutouts in three of the Riverhawks' victories.
UML is 0-5 on the road in 2014, but is 2-0 on neutral fields.
INSIDE THE SERIES: Last year, the Retrievers defeated the River Hawks by a score of 2-0 at Cushing Field Complex in Lowell, Massachusetts. It was the first series meeting between UMBC and UML.
Michael Scott (23') and Marquez Fernandez (35') scored first half goals for the Retrievers and Phil Saunders picked up the shutout. Scott was making his first career start in place of the America East's leading scorer, senior forward Pete Caringi III. The Retrievers' second leading goal-scorer, senior midfielder Kadeem Dacres, did not compete due to an accumulation of five yellow cards.
UP NEXT: UMBC has the week off to prepare for Hartford, as the Hawks invade Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday, Oct. 11. Game time for Homecoming, '14 is set for 2:30 p.m.