Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC men's soccer begins the home stretch of the #AEMSOC season at UAlbany on Saturday night. The Retrievers are coming off a 3-1 win against George Washington on Tuesday night to keep their unbeaten streak alive six games, going 5-0-1 during that stretch. UMBC is 9-4-2, 3-2 AE on the year, in a three-way tie for second place, just one game out of first place with two to go.
UAlbany Match Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (9-4-2, 3-2 AE) at UAlbany Great Danes (6-9, 1-4 AE)
Where: Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium - Albany, N.Y.
When: Saturday, October 27 - 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video and live stats at UAlbanySports.com
Social Media: @UMBCMensSoccer, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEMSOC
Scouting the Retrievers:
-The Retrievers head into the weekend at 9-4-2, 3-2 AE on the year, just one game back of first place Stony Brook (12 pts) with 9 points, in a three-way tie for second place with Vermont and UMass Lowell. UMBC is in the midst of a six game unbeaten streak coming off a 3-1 win against George Washington on Tuesday.
-Cesare Marconi (Loano, Italy) leads the Retriever offense with five goals and four assists for 14 points. He has taken a team best 51 shots with 22 shots on goal. Matt Bailey (Stevensville, Md./Saints Peter and Paul) upped his goal total to four after scoring against the Colonials on Tuesday. He is second on the team in goals and points with nine.
-Freshman Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) has started the last six games in net, sporting a 6-0-1 record on the year. He has given up just four goals (0.50 GAA) making 24 saves (.857 save pct) with four shutouts on the year.
Scouting the Great Danes:
-UAlbany comes into the match at 6-9, 1-4 AE on the year looking to keep their playoff hopes alive. Most recently, the Great Danes defeated #22 Cornell 1-0 on Tuesday night. Carlos Clark scored in the 96th minute to propel UAlbany to the victory.
-Nico Solabarrieta leads the team with nine goals and four assists for 22 points. Clark and Daniel Krutzen both have double-digit points with Clark scoring five times with one assist for 11 points and Krutzen adding one goal and nine assists also for 11 points.
-Danny Vitiello has played every minute in net for the Great Danes, giving up 22 goals (1.42 GAA), making 50 saves (.694 save pct) with one shutout on the year.
-This will be the 18th meeting all-time between the Retrievers and Great Danes with UMBC leading the series 8-5-4. UMBC has lost just once in the series since 2013, going 3-1-3.
-Last year, the Retrievers defeated UAlbany in Baltimore, 3-1 before falling in penalty kicks in the America East Tournament Quarterfinals. The Great Danes would go on to win the conference title.
-The Retrievers will close out the regular season at first-place Stony Brook on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Kickoff with the Seawolves is set for 7 p.m.