UMBC Soccer To Play at Maryland in NCAA Tournament


2005 National Championship Sign at University of Maryland’s Ludwig Field. (Author picture)

The men’s UMBC soccer team beat Wake Forest on Thursday to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament. They will now face in-state foe, the Maryland Terrapins, who went to the national finals in 2013. The game will be a rematch of the September 5 match where they played to a scoreless draw in double overtime.

UMBC beat Wake Forest 3-2 in penalty kicks after ending regulation tied at zero. Michael Scott hit the game-winner in the fourth round of the shootout. UMBC is now 12-5-4 so far this year. They are the champions of the America East Conference.

UMBC and the #4-ranked terrapins will play on Sunday, November 23 at Maryland’s Ludwig Field. Match time is 5pm.

UMBC senior Senior Kay Banjo out of Upper Marlboro led all players with six shots on goal. Retriever’s Sophomore Goalkeeper Billy Heavner made two saves in regulation as well as stopping Wake Forest in the first round of the shootout. Stephen Ho also had a shot attempt for UMBC.

The Terps enter the playoff game with a 13-5-3 record, having beaten Indiana 2-1 on a Mael Corboz free kick near the end of the match to capture the Big Ten Tournament Championship last Sunday at UMD. Of course, the Terps had won the ACC tournament the previous two seasons.