BALTIMORE- The UMBC men’s soccer team, champions of the America East Conference will meet Old Dominion in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup in Norfolk, Va. on Thursday, Nov. 15. The game time has yet to be determined.
The winner of that first round contest will meet defending national champion North Carolina (15-3-2) in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Sunday, Nov. 18.
“We are all very excited to see our name on the screen,” said Head Coach Pete Caringi ,Jr. “This is something that we worked hard all year long for. We have a lot of respect for ODU, but we are going to prepare to go down there and play well.”
UMBC captured its second America East crown in the last three seasons at Retriever Soccer Park on Saturday, Nov. 10. The second-seeded Retrievers and No. 5 New Hampshire Wildcats played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, but UMBC prevailed, 4-2, in a penalty kick shootout.
UMBC (11-4-5) enters the tournament on a seven-game unbeaten streak.
Old Dominion (11-3-2) received an at-large bid to the tournament. They competed in the Colonial Athletic Association this year, but were ineligible for the conference tournament. The Monarchs enter the tournament with three wins in their last four outings and capped the season with a 1-0 home win over Northeastern on November 2.
UMBC has only met ODU twice, and the Monarchs have a win and a tie vs. the Retrievers. Old Dominion won the latest meeting, capturing a 2-0 decision in Norfolk in 2003. The Retrievers have never faced North Carolina in the sport of men’s soccer.
This will be UMBC’s third NCAA Tournament appearance. The Retrievers faced No. 1 Duke in 1999 and fell, 4-3, to the Blue Devils in overtime. In 2010, UMBC defeated No. 10 Princeton, 2-1, but were unable to advance past No. 7 William & Mary, as they were ousted in penalty kicks.