November 11, 2009

MEN’S SOCCER TO PLAY FIFTH-SEEDED UMBC IN AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT

Game Notes

DURHAM, N.H. - The top-seeded University of New Hampshire men's soccer team will compete in the America East tournament for the fifth time in the last seven years, as they host a semifinal matchup against No. 5 UMBC on Wednesday, November 11 (1 p.m.) at Lewis Fields.

The Wildcats wrapped up their America East regular season with a 2-1 win over Binghamton University on Oct. 28. The win secured UNH's unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1), as they finished the conference schedule undefeated. The win also wrapped up New Hampshire's first regular-season crown since 1994 and its first outright title ever. It is the first time since 1997 that a team completed the conference schedule without a loss and is also UNH's best conference record since also compiling a 6-0-1 mark in 1994.

New Hampshire leads the all-time series against UMBC, 4-2-1. The Wildcats are undefeated against the Retrievers in their last four meetings, posting a 3-0-1 record, including this year's 2-0 win against the Retrievers on the road on Oct. 10. The ‘Cats have put together a 3-0-0 mark at home in three games all-time against UMBC.

The Wildcats and Retrievers have never met in the playoffs prior to Wednesday's matchup. In their most recent meeting this season, the Wildcats got the best of UMBC, with a 2-0 victory. A pair of late goals by Chris Banks (Westborough, Mass.) and Charlie Roche (Haverhill, Mass.), propelled the Wildcats to their fourth victory in the last five games, defeating the then No. 25 Retrievers at UMBC Soccer Stadium.

The winner of Wednesday's semifinal will advance to the America East championship game (Nov. 14) to face the winner of the other semifinal featuring No. 2 Stony Brook and No. 3 Hartford. Should UNH advance to the final, it would host the championship game in Durham.

The winner of the championship game will receive the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA championships.

Tickets are available on Wednesday at Lewis Fields and are $8 for adults and $5 for children (5-17 years old) and seniors (65 and older). As for students, tickets are $2 with a valid identification, however, the first 100 students will admitted free of charge.

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