Men's Soccer Faces First AE Road Test at Albany

Men's Soccer Faces First AE Road Test at Albany

The UMBC Retrievers' (6-4-2, 2-0-0 AE) men's soccer squad heads to Albany for a Saturday, Oct. 18 America East Conference contest with the Great Danes (3-6-5, 1-2-0 AE). The starting time at Bob Ford Field is slated for 6:00 p.m. Live streaming of the game is available via the America East digital network.


Live stats are also available via the link on and you can also follow all the action via UMBC Front Row, the Retrievers' mobile app.


SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS: SR M Geaton Caltabiano converted on a free kick with only 6:27 remaining as the host Retrievers edged America East Conference rival Hartford, 2-1, before 1,374 fans at Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday, Oct. 11. The Retrievers have now won three straight contests and started AE play at 2-0-0 for just the third time (2011, 2005) in 12 league seasons.

UMBC is now unbeaten in its last 14 America East regular season contests (12-0-2) and is unbeaten versus its last 18 league foes (include playoffs).
SR F Kay Banjo (5 goals, 5 assists) leads the America East Conference in assists per game (0.45) and is second in points per game (1.42). He is tied for 28th in the nation in total assists (5) and 33rd in points per game (1.36). Caltabiano has four goals, while SR M Mamadou Kansaye has three goals and three helpers.


UMBC's game versus Binghamton, slated for Wednesday evening, was postponed due to inclimate weather conditions and was rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Retriever Soccer Park (7:00 p.m.) The contest at Albany will be UMBC's first on turf in 2014.


SCOUTING THE GREAT DANES: UAlbany (3-6-5, 1-2-0 AE) lost its second consecutive road game and third straight overall on Wednesday night, falling, 2-1, at the hands of UNH. Brazilian freshman striker Afonso Pinheiro scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season on an assist from Leo Melgar for the equalizer. The Great Danes dropped to 1-4-2 on the road in the loss. 


The last nine UA contests have been draws or been decided by one goal.


Sophomore goalkeeper Tim Allen has played every minute in goal for Albany and averages 4.4 saves per game to go along with a 0.97 goals against average.  


INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC leads the all-time series, 6-4-2 and is 4-1-1 versus Albany in the last six meetings. However, the Great Danes hold a 4-1-0 edge in games played on their home turf.


Last season, the teams met twice in Baltimore, once in the regular season at UMBC Stadium and then again in the America East Conference semifinals at Retriever Soccer Park. The first contest went the full 110 minutes and ended in a scoreless draw. It was the first scoreless draw in the history of the high-scoring series and the first tie since the teams first met in 2003.


In the latter contest, senior forward Kadeem Dacres scored with 4:48 remaining in the second overtime period and the top-seeded Retrievers nipped Albany, 2-1.


The Great Danes did not go quietly, as UMBC was 21 seconds away from winning a 1-0 decision. But Great Dane defender Dominic McGarr redirected a pass from Luke Palmateer from five yards out in a scramble in front of the Retriever goal to send the game to extra time.


Malcolm Harris scored the game's first goal with exactly 31 minutes remaining.


NEXT UP:  UMBC plays its final non-conference game of the season when the Retrievers travel to Annapolis to take on Navy at the Glenn Warner Soccer Complex on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.