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College Soccer Weekend Preview: Maryland-UMBC, New Mexico-UCLA headline Week 2

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One school is a traditional national powerhouse. The other is a neighbor with a chance to legitimize its recent success and earn some respect in the process.

SBI No. 6 Maryland will play host to No. 15 University of Maryland-Baltimore County on Friday night at Ludwig Field in a match-up with plenty of intrigue, and quality pro prospects. UMBC star central defender Oumar Ballo will look to keep Maryland’s high-powered offense in check, while Terps goalkeeper standout Zack Steffen tries to help his defense post its first shutout of the season.

The weekend’s other high-profile match-up takes place in the heat of new New Mexico, where the SBI No. 11 Lobos try to knock off No. 1 UCLA. The meeting marks the first between these perennially -ranked squads since New Mexico beat the Bruins in the 2012 season opener in Los Angeles.

The weekend’s third match-up of ranked opponents features SBI No. 16 UC-Irvine playing host to No. 20 Denver, which has been one of the surprises of the young season.

Here is a rundown of this weekend’s top college matches:



4pm – (4) Georgetown vs. Harvard

5pm- (18) Indiana vs. Kentucky

6pm- Marquette vs. Gonzaga

6pm- CSU Northridge vs. UAB (in Tulsa, Okla.)

6:30 pm – (1) UCLA vs. American

6:30pm- (16) UC Irvine vs. (20) Denver

7pm- Wake Forest vs. (7) UConn

7pm- Old Dominion vs. (5) North Carolina

7pm- Charlotte vs. (12) Coastal Carolina

7pm- (14) Penn State vs. Temple

7pm- (17) George Mason vs. Wisconsin

7:30pm- (6) Maryland vs. (15) UMBC

7:30pm- (3) Notre Dame vs. Dartmouth

7:30pm- VCU vs. Northeastern

7:30pm- Furman vs. North Florida

8pm- Illinois-Chicago vs. (8) Michigan State

8:30pm- Tulsa vs. (10) Virginia

8:30pm- (9) Louisville vs. Cornell

8:30pm- (19) Creighton vs. Western Illinois

9pm- (11) New Mexico vs. UC Riverside

10pm- UCSB vs. (23) Northwestern


3pm- Columbia vs. Michigan

7pm- Florida Gulf Coast vs. Akron

7:30pm- St. John’s vs. Syracuse

8pm- Memphis vs. (25) Saint Louis

10pm- (21) Stanford vs. San Jose State


11:30am- (18) Indiana vs. Dartmouth

1pm- (4) Georgetown vs. Wisconsin

1pm- UAB vs. (10) Virginia (in Tulsa, Okla.)

1pm- Marquette vs. Oregon State

1:30pm- (19) Creighton vs. Cincinnati

2pm- (3) Notre Dame vs. Kentucky

3:30pm- Tulsa vs. CSU Northridge

3:30pm- Furman vs. Georgia State

4pm- (2) Washington vs. St. Mary’s (Ca.)

4pm- San Diego State vs. (20) Denver

7pm- VCU vs. (5) North Carolina

7pm- (16) UC Irvine vs. Clemson

7pm- Wake Forest vs. Cleveland State

8 pm – (11) New Mexico vs. (1) UCLA


8pm- Navy vs. (6) Maryland


7pm- (25) Saint Louis vs. (9) Louisville

7pm- UNC- Greensboro vs. Charlotte

10pm- (21) Stanford vs. UCSB


  1. Folks, I watched the New Mexico Lobos play UCLA this evening via simulcast. UCLA won the match but the LOBOS where without question the better Team. I love this Kid Nick Miele, he reminds me of a young a young John Terry (Chelsea). He has excellent size, skill, speed and situational awareness. He dominated the UCLA attack as the LOBOS surrendered 2 shots on goal all night (1 a controversial penalty shot) the second a mishandled ball by the Freshman goaltender, the only ball he touched in the second half. Miele did the same to Akron a week ago, helping to shutout Akron. In my opinion, Miele is a top 5 pick and could go number 1 as many Teams need a strong center back.


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