Men's Soccer Hosts Hartford in AE Title Match Saturday Evening

Men's Soccer Hosts Hartford in AE Title Match Saturday Evening

Hartford at UMBC, AE Championship, 11-15-14

The top-seeded UMBC Retrievers' (11-5-3) men's soccer squad takes on No. 2 Hartford (11-5-2) in the 2014 America East Championship match on Saturday, Nov. 15. at 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, or via Championship Central on www.americaeast.com. 

The first 100 UMBC students with ID will be admitted free to the title contest. 

 

RETRIEVER NOTABLES: With a 3-1 tournament semifinal victory over Vermont, UMBC will be competing for the America East title and automatic NCAA Tournament bid for the fifth time in the last six seasons. They dropped the first championship game final at Stony Brook in 2009, but have advanced in home efforts in 2010, 2012 and 2013.  

 

The Retrievers are looking to become just the second team in America East history to win three consecutive league titles. Boston University won five in a row from 1993-97.

 

With three AE tournament titles, UMBC joined Hartford, Stony Brook with the second-most in AE history. Boston University captured seven league tournament titles during their tenure in America East.

 

The Retrievers are hoping to become the second team in league history to win regular season and tournament titles in back-to-back years. Boston U. achieved that feat in 1993-94.

 

UMBC is now unbeaten in its last 19 America East regular season contests (16-0-3) and is unbeaten versus its last 24 league foes (include playoffs), an America East record.  At Retriever Soccer Park, UMBC is unbeaten in its last 15 (13-0-2) contests when playing America East foes.

 

UMBC enters the contest on a season-high five-game winning streak. The Retrievers are now 8-0-4 in the month of November in the past three seasons.

 

SR F Kay Banjo leads the America East Conference in goals per game (0.47) points per game (1.29) and assists per game (0.35). He is tied for 30th nationally with 22 total points and is tied for 19th with four game-winning goals. Banjo has set personal highs in goals (8), assists (6) and total points (22), breaking the marks of 7-5-17 set as a freshman at Towson in 2010.

Red-shirt sophomore GK Billy Heavner (now 8-1-1) leads America East in goals against average (0.68) and save percentage (83.7). He has now played in enough games to move into the national rankings and is 10th in save percentage and 11th in goals against average.   

SR B Jordan Becker, who contributed a pair of assists in the 3-1 victory over Vermont, has now played in 78 career contests, moving him into a tie for sixth place (Kurt Meyers, 1996-99) on UMBC's all-time list.  

 

Red-shirt FR M Gregg Hauck, whose game-tying goal vs. Vermont on Nov. 12 was his first collegiate score, became the 14th Retriever to be credited with a goal in 2014.

 

 

SCOUTING THE HAWKS: UH senior defender Connor Yeaney scored twice, including the game-winner in overtime, to propel the University of Hartford men's soccer team to its second-straight America East Championship title game appearance with a 2-1 victory over Binghamton on Wednesday night at Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium.

 

Competing for an America East championship for the third time in four seasons, the Hawks are on a hot streak as they have rattled off a season-best six-straight victories, a Division I program record. In addition, Hartford's last three wins have come in overtime as the team remains unbeaten in extra time this season with a 4-0-2 mark. Hartford finished the home schedule at 8-0-0 and are 2-5-2 on the road in 2014.

The Hawks present a balanced attack as five players have scored three goals. Junior Javoni Simms, a three-time All-Conference honoree, is onen of five Hawks with three goals on the season.
Second Team sophomore midfielder Udi Cohen leads the club with three goals and four helpers. Sophomore goalkeeper David MacKinnon, also a second team selection, has posted seven shutouts in 2014 and maintains a 0.92 goals against average.

 

 

INSIDE THE SERIES: UMBC has won the last four meetings and now leads the series, 9-5-2. The Retrievers are 6-2-0 versus the Hawks in Baltimore.

 

The Retrievers won a pair of contests last season, opening AE play with a 2-1, come-from-behind victory over the Hawks on Oct. 5 in West Hartford. Then, the two teams squared off the AE title game at Retriever Soccer Park on Nov. 16 and UMBC blanked UH, 4-0. Pete Caringi III scored twice and current Retrievers Oumar Ballo and Mamadou Kansaye added goals.

 

In the most recent encounter, Geaton Caltabiano converted on a free kick with only 6:27 remaining as the host Retrievers edged Hartford, 2-1, before 1,374 fans at Retriever Soccer Park on Oct. 11. Stephen Ho gave UMBC a 1-0 lead in the 5 th minute of play, but UH's Jhamie Hyde knotted the score in the 63'.

 

In America East Tournament play, the two sides have met three times. The first meeting ended in a 1-1 draw in West Hartford in 2007, and UMBC advanced to the semifinals via a penalty kick shootout. The Hawks triumphed, 1-0, at Retriever Soccer Park to advance to the 2011 semifinals, and UMBC garnered its first outright victory, 4-0, last November.

 

UMBC IN THE AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT: UMBC has now reached the America East Tournament in six consecutive years and nine times in 12 years. The Retrievers are 7-5-3 in nine championship appearances. The Retrievers have fared well in semifinal contests, winning the last five (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014) after a loss in 2007. UMBC won the America East Championship as the No. 2 seed in 2010 and 2012 and as the No. 1 seed in 2013. At home, UMBC is 5-3-2 in tournament play, and 4-2-2 at Retriever Soccer Park.

 

Since 2010, UMBC is 5-1-2 in its last eight America East Tournament games (all played at Retriever Soccer Park) and advanced both times (2010, 2012 title games vs. UNH) that the contests went to penalty kick shoot-outs. The lone loss was a 1-0 setback in 2011 to Hartford.   

 

NOTE: The NCAA Men's Soccer Selection Show on NCAA.com will air on Monday, November 17th at 1 p.m. The 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship bracket will be announced exclusively on NCAA.com.