The UMBC Retrievers' (7-5-3, 3-0-1 America East) men's soccer squad returns to the friendly confines of Retriever Soccer Park for the first time since Oct. 11 when they welcome the Binghamton Bearcats (4-11-0, 2-2-0 AE) on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The contest is a make-up game for the postponement of the Oct. 15 scheduled date. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.
Live streaming and stats are also available via the links on www.umbcretrievers.com and you can also follow all the action via UMBC Front Row, the Retrievers' mobile app.
FROM THE PROMOTIONS DEPARTMENT: The game is UMBC Men's Soccer's "Fight Like A Dawg" Think Pink Game - proceeds from the UMBC Pink Ribbon T-Shirt Sale at the UMBC Sports Marketing table will go to the breast cancer research institute. Fans who come to the game in pink receive a free pink bead necklace and are entered in a raffle to win a "Fight Like a Dawg" t-shirt and Under Armour sackpack!
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS: Senior forward Kay Banjo scored late in the first half and senior back Oumar Ballo added a second half insurance goal as the Retrievers blanked host New Hampshire, 2-0, in America East action on Saturday evening.
UMBC is now unbeaten in its last 16 America East regular season contests (13-0-3) and is unbeaten versus its last 20 league foes (include playoffs). At Retriever Soccer Park, UMBC is unbeaten in its last 12 (10-0-2) contests when playing America East foes.
Banjo leads the America East Conference in goals per game (0.54) points per game (1.46) and assists per game (0.38). He is 20th nationally in points per contest and has tied career highs in goals (7), assists (5) and total points (19).
The shutout of UNH was UMBC's first in AE play this season. It was also RS-sophomore goalkeeper Billy Heavner's second shutout and moved his record to 4-1-1 on the season.
The Retrievers are 44-31-14 (.573) and 28-9-6 (.721) at home in 12 AE campaigns.
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS: Austin Kimball scored the game-winning goal with one second left in the first half, leading UMass Lowell (7-8-1, 3-1-1 AE) to a 2-1 win over Binghamton (4-11-0, 2-2-0 AE) in an America East men's soccer game on Saturday afternoon at the Cushing Field Complex. The Bearcats have now dropped three straight contests after opening AE play at 2-0.
Steve Celeste, who scored at UML, leads the Bearcats with five points, while sophomore forward Alex Varkatzas has a pair of goals. Sophomore Robert Moewes has taken over the starting job in the nets and has two shutouts on the season.
Ten of Binghamton's 15 contests have been decided by a 1-0 count and BU is 2-8 in those contests. Thirteen of the Bearcats' games have been decided by a single goal and BU has won three of the 13. Finally, Binghamton has only gone to overtime twice in 2014, falling to Army, 1-0, and to Vermont by the same score.
INSIDE THE SERIES: The Bearcats lead the series, 6-5-3, but UMBC is unbeaten (3-0-2) in the last five contests versus Binghamton.
Six meetings in Baltimore have resulted in two wins each side and a pair of ties. The Retrievers are unbeaten in the last three games at Retriever Soccer Park (2-0-1), with the Bearcats' last victory occurring in 2006 (3-1).
Last season, the two teams battled to a double-overtime scoreless draw in Vestal, N.Y. Mamadou Kansaye was one of three goal-scorers as the Retrievers blanked Binghamton, 3-0, in the last meeting at RSP on Oct. 27, 2012. UMBC has not allowed a BU goal since a 1-1 home draw in 2010.
NEXT UP: UMBC will honor a record ten seniors prior to its Saturday, Nov. 1 regular season home finale versus Vermont. Kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park.