UMBC, Hartford To Decide #AEMSOC Title Saturday
Both teams survived overtime semifinal contests Wednesday to advance to the championship game. The Retrievers downed fifth-seeded Albany, 2-1, on Kadeem Dacres’ goal in double overtime to advance to its fourth league title game in five years while the Hawks tied second-seeded New Hampshire, 1-1, and advanced to the final by winning the penalty kick shootout, 4-3.
Tickets for the championship game can be purchased in advance through UMBC's ticket office or at the gate on Saturday. Prices are $8 for adults, $5 for youth and $2 for students of America East institutions with proper ID. Tickets can be obtained by calling the UMBC box office at 410-455-2205 from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fans who can't be in attendance can watch the game free at AmericaEast.TV. Chris Villani (play-by-play) and Brady Seabolt (analyst) have the call starting at 7:25 p.m. WATCH LIVE
- UMBC, the first No. 1 seed to reach the title game since 2009, is seeking its third America East crown in four years while Hartford is aiming for its first titie since 1999 and fourth overall.
- The matchup to decide the league champion is one of the best in America East history as the two teams have combined for 28 wins. That total is tied for the third-most amongst finalists and is the most since 2001.
- UMBC, the nation’s sixth-ranked team, has its second-most wins in program history, equalng the 2000 team, while Hartford’s 13 wins are its most since 1996.
- Both teams enter the day playing well as UMBC is riding an eight-game unbeaten streak (6-0-2) and Hartford hasn’t lost in its last seven games (5-0-2).
- UMBC is 5-5-3 all-time in America East Championship play, including 5-2-2 since 2009, and is in its fourth league title game in the last five years.
- Hartford is 10-7-6 all-time in America East Championship play and is making its second championship game appearance in three years. The Hawks are 3-1-0 in previous title games.
- UMBC and Hartford have met twice previously in the championship, but never in the final. The Hawks beat the Retrievers in the 2011 quarterfinals, 1-0, while the two teams played to a 1-1 tie in the 2007 quarterfinals before the Retrievers advanced on penalty kicks.
- UMBC holds a 7-5-2 all-time edge vs. Hartford and beat the Hawks, 2-1, in their regular-season matchup on Oct. 5.
- Both squads are stellar on both ends of the field. UMBC leads the league and ranks 15th nationally averaging 1.94 goals per game while Hartford is second, scoring 1.48 goals per game. Defensively, Hartford is second allowing 0.70 goals per game and UMBC is right behind (0.72).
- America East men’s soccer teams went an impressive 41-34-10 against non-league foes this year for a .541 win percentage. UMBC and Hartford were a combined 17-2-2 against in non-conference action.
- America East teams have had success in the NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup of late. Nine times in the last 12 years, a team has reached the second round. UMBC has done so twice in the last three years and came close to reaching the third round, falling in penaltiy kicks in its second-round contest each time.