Baltimore, Md. – Returning home for the first time in a little over three weeks, the UMBC men's soccer team (3-5-1) takes on Liberty (4-7) on Tuesday, October 8 to begin a five game home stand. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park.
UMBC is returning to the pitch from their first shutout of the season, a draw with Hartford on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Ryan Becher (Hummelstown, Pa.) steadied the Black and Gold offense throughout the day with four shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Quantrell Jones (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) had three saves to aid in his sixth career shutout.
Becher has been the leader for the offense in his freshman campaign, leading the team in goals (four) and points (eight). A triplet of Retrievers in the form of Dadi Ingason (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland), Tre Pulliam (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley), and Alejandro Arbelaez (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) have two goals a piece.
Jones has played every Retriever game so far in between the posts, registering 27 saves to go along with a 1.30 goals against average.
Scouting the Flames:
Liberty is returning to play following a Saturday matchup as well, dropping their game against ASUN foe Stetson, 1-0. Musa Morris and Tyler Welch lead the team in goals, with each have a pair on the season. Seth Clark is the point leader for the Flames with three assists to go with his one goal.
Danny Cordero has been Liberty's primary goalkeeper for the season, playing and starting in eight of their 11 games. He has 21 saves on the season with a 1.38 goals against average.
All Time Series:
For the first time in 22 years, UMBC and Liberty will face each other; the two teams were annual competitors while UMBC was in the Big South Conference from 1992-97. Liberty holds a 4-2 advantage going into the seventh ever matchup between the two schools.
Their last matchup in 1997 was apart of the final season that UMBC Stadium was the primary host of the men's soccer team, a 2-1 decision that saw Liberty take a victory back to Lynchburg.
The Retrievers will return to action on Saturday, October 12 as they welcome New Hampshire in a rematch of last season's America East championship game. Kickoff will be at 7:00 p.m. as apart of UMBC's Homecoming festivities.