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    Following a three-match homestand, the No. 19 West Virginia University men’s soccer team travels to Baltimore to face UMBC on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. The contest is the Mountaineers’ first of three matches in the next week in the Washington, D.C.

    Fans unable to cheer on the Mountaineers in person can watch a live stream at UMBCRetrievers.com and follow live stats atUMBC.Statbroadcast.com. Links to the live stream and live stats can be found on the men’s soccer schedule page on WVUSports.com. Additional updates, news and notes will be available on social media by following and connecting with @WVUMensSoccer on Twitter,Facebook and Instagram.

    Ranked nationally in three polls, the Mountaineers (3-0-2) remain unbeaten to open the 2017 season following a 0-0, double-overtime draw to UCF on Saturday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

    WVU is ranked No. 19 by College Soccer News and No. 24 in this week’s TopDrawerSoccer.com poll. The Mountaineers enter the Soccer America rankings for the first time this season at No. 25 and are receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches poll. Additionally, the coaches have voted West Virginia No. 4 in the Great Lakes Region.

    The Retrievers (3-1-0) are coming off a 2-1 overtime win at Monmouth on Saturday. UMBC looks to defend a perfect 2-0 record at home, while WVU also sports a 2-0 mark on the road.

    Senior Jad Arslan’s three game-winning goals rank No. 2 nationally, while he is No. 1 in the Mid-American Conference and 10th nationally with four goals. He also leads the league with 0.80 goals per game average and is second with eight total points. Junior Jorge Quintanilla is sixth nationally and No. 2 in the MAC with four assists.

    In goal, junior Stephen Banick is third in the NCAA with three shutouts and a 0.184 goals-against average, while his .938 save percentage is No. 7 nationally and second in the MAC. Banick also ranks No. 2 in the league with 490 minutes played, and third in the league with 15 saves.

    SCOUTING UMBC

    UMBC owns a 3-1 record, following a 2-1 win at Monmouth on Saturday. The Retrievers, who are 2-0 at home, also own shutout victories at home against Bryant and Howard and a 5-2 loss at Villanova.

    The Retrievers are coached by Pete Caringi Jr., in his 27th season with the team. He owns a 279-166-65 record and has led UMBC to five NCAA Tournaments, including a College Cup appearance in 2014.

    Six UMBC players have scored one goal and three have one assist to tie for the team lead, while Colin Weyant leads the team with one goal and one assist for three points. In goal, keeper Ciaran O’Loughlin has played all 361:34 minutes, with two shutouts and 15 saves while allowing six goals. He has a .714 save percentage and a goals-against average of 1.49.

    SERIES HISTORY VS. THE RETRIEVERS

    West Virginia is 0-3-1 all-time against UMBC after a 0-0 tie last season that followed three straight losses from 1978-96 to begin the series. Prior to the 2016 meeting in Morgantown, UMBC won two in a row in Baltimore, 4-1 in 1978 and 5-0 in 1995, before a 2-1 victory in 1996 in Morgantown.

    UP NEXT: ROADTRIP BEGINS

    West Virginia plays its second of three games in the Washington, D.C. area on Saturday, Sept. 16, at George Mason. Kickoff in Fairfax, Virginia, is set for 7 p.m. ET. WVU is 2-2 against GMU after a 3-0 victory at home in 2016.

     

    LAST TIME OUT: TIE WITH UCF

    For the second consecutive match, No. 14 West Virginia played to a 0-0 draw, tying UCF on Sept. 9 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The Mountaineers remained unbeaten on the season and earned their fourth shutout of the year.

    WVU out-shot UCF 16-9, and both teams had three shots on goal. Nine of the Mountaineers’ 16 shots came in the second period, and WVU out-shot UCF 5-2 in overtime. The Knights held a 4-2 edge in shots in the first 45 minutes. The visiting side had 17 fouls to West Virginia’s four, and UCF added four yellow cards and a red to the goalkeeper, in the 68th minute.

    Junior Stephen Banick recorded three saves. For UCF, Yannik Oettl notched two saves before earning his second yellow card in the 68th minute. As WVU played the final 43 minutes with the man advantage, Matt Rosenberg made one save.

     

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