INDIANAPOLIS – The America East champion UMBC men’s soccer team will take on Wake Forest University in the first round of the NCAA Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Thursday, Nov. 20. The Retrievers and Demon Deacons will kick-off at 7 p.m. at Spry Stadium.
The Retrievers earned their fifth bid to the Division I championships by virtue of a 2-1 victory over the University of Hartford on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Retriever Soccer Park. UMBC has earned bids to the tournament in three consecutive years and four of the last five campaigns.
The Retrievers’ first appearance in the tournament occurred in 1999.
UMBC finished the season on a six-game winning streak and currently stand at 12-5-3.
The winner of the UMBC-Wake Forest match will play at No. 4 seeded Maryland on Sunday, Nov. 23 in College Park, Md.
Wake Forest stands at 10-7-1 overall and did not advance in the first round of the ACC Tournament, as they drew at Clemson, 1-1, and the Tigers prevailed, 3-2, in penalty kicks.
UMBC has not played Wake Forest since 1989, a game the Deacons captured, 5-0, in the only meeting between the two schools. The two sides have not played any common opponents in 2014.
The Retrievers have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in its previous three appearances and were eliminated in penalty kicks each time. UMBC defeated Princeton, 2-1, in 2010, before failing to advance in a scoreless draw at William & Mary. In 2012, the Retrievers got past Old Dominion in penalty kicks, but could not advance past North Carolina in the same scenario. Last season, 16th-seeded UMBC received a first-round bye and played UConn to a 2-2 double overtime draw, but failed to advance.