Longwood, Campbell on Tap for Women’s Soccer
BALTIMORE—The UMBC women's soccer team's four-game road trip continues this weekend, as the Retrievers (1-1-0) travel to Longwood (0-2-0) and Campbell (1-1-0). Kick-off against the Lancers on Friday is set for 7 p.m., while the Retrievers will take on the Camels on Monday at 6 p.m.
Week in Review: UMBC opened the season at home with a 4-1 victory over Delaware State last Friday, its first victory in a season opener since 1998. The Retrievers scored all four goals in the first half, including two in the first 10 minutes of action and two more just 58 seconds apart later in the period. Seniors Sandra Vacarino (Mantua, N.J./Clearview Regional) and Christine Sadowski (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood), junior LeAnne Edgar (Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon) and freshman Shannon McGuinness (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) all found the back of the net for the Retrievers. UMBC then fell to Drexel, 1-0, on Sunday in Philadelphia, as the Dragons tallied with just 6:17 remaining. Freshman goalie Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/Sir Thomas Aquinas) recorded 11 saves in her collegiate debut.
On the Lancers: Longwood is 0-2-0 on the young season following one-goal losses to Virginia Commonwealth and Richmond last weekend. Forward Lindsey Ottavio – the Lancers' top returning scorer from 2009 with 10 points – scored her team's lone goal of the year in the opener against VCU. Starting goalie Marcia Biddle has made 11 saves and allowed three goals, while Kyra Byron has stopped all seven shots she has faced in 34 minutes of action. The duo split time in goal last season, with Byron posting the better goals-against average (0.96) and save percentage (.775). Longwood finished the 2009 campaign with a 9-8-1 record.
Inside the Series: UMBC is 1-0-1 all-time against Longwood, but the teams have not faced each other since 2006, a 2-2 tie in Farmville, Va., that was shortened due to lightning. The previous year, the Retrievers defeated the Lancers, 1-0, in Baltimore.
On the Camels: Campbell is 1-1-0 on the season after falling to Western Carolina but defeating High Point in a pair of one-goal matches. Forward Kaili Terry leads the Camels with three points on a goal and an assist, while midfielder Pirjo Leppikangas has also found the back of the net. Goalie Jamie Panfil has played all 180 minutes between the pipes and boasts a 1.00 goals-against average and an .800 save percentage. Campbell, which was picked to finish seventh in the Atlantic Sun preseason poll, returns 10 starters from a 2009 squad that posted its most successful season in five years with a 9-9-2 mark. Forward Olga Ekblom was the Camels' top scorer with six goals and 14 points, while midfielder Marissa Muller tallied four goals and 10 points to earn Atlantic Sun Second Team honors. Also returning is All-Freshman Team defender Jeannie Borda. Panfil posted a 1.31 GAA and a .739 save percentage with six shutouts a year ago.
Inside the Series: UMBC is 2-1-0 against its former Big South Conference rival, but the teams have not met since the 1993 Big South championship game, which the Camels won, 2-1. The Retrievers took both regular-season matchups, 2-1 in 1992 and 3-1 in 1993.
Vacarino Vanquishes: Vacarino was named America East Player of the Week on Monday after scoring a league-high three points during the season's opening weekend. Vacarino tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Retrievers past Delaware State last Friday. She scored the first goal of the game in the sixth minute, then assisted on the second, which proved to be the game winner, just 4:12 later. UMBC's active career scoring leader with seven goals and 18 points, Vacarino has tallied five goals and three assists in her last nine games dating to Oct. 4, 2009, after registering just two scores and one assist over her first 44 games as a collegian. Vacarino is UMBC's first women's soccer player of the week since Jessica Young earned the honor on Sept. 11, 2006, and she is just the fourth Retriever ever to win the award in UMBC's eight seasons in the America East Conference.
Saving the Day: Kadet was stellar in her collegiate debut at Drexel on Sunday, recording a league-high 11 saves, the most by a Retriever rookie since Megan Smart stopped 12 shots against Navy on Sept. 3, 1997. She made eight of her saves in the second half, when the Dragons took 12 of their 18 shots, and she allowed just one goal with 6:17 remaining for a .917 save percentage. The 11 saves were the most by a Retriever since teammate Mo Van Vlerah (Germantown, Md./Northwest) stopped 14 shots at George Mason on Sept. 22, 2009.
Freshman Connection: Three rookies teamed up for UMBC's fourth goal against the Hornets on Friday, as midfielder Nicole Clark (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) sent a corner kick from the left side, which midfielder Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) headed to McGuinness, who knocked it in from just in front of the goal for her first career score.
First Time For Everything: Edgar and McGuinness both scored their first career goals against Delaware State, while Clark, Brown and freshman forward Amy Savage Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier) all posted their first career assists in their first collegiate game. In addition, junior back Kelsi Morris (Bowie, Md./Bowie/Pittsburgh) also notched an assist in her first game in a Retriever uniform.
Dawg Bites: UMBC's win over Delaware State on Friday was the team's first in a season opener since defeating Howard, 3-0, in 1998… All four goals against the Hornets occurred in the first half, the most the Retrievers have scored in a period since Sept. 22, 2002, when they tallied seven times in the opening stanza, also against Delaware State… Van Vlerah's 147 career saves are tied for sixth all-time at UMBC… Last season, she became the first Retriever to crack the 100-save plateau since 1998, and her 109 stops were the fourth-highest single-season total in UMBC history… Sadowski, Vacarino and Edgar were named team captains for the 2010 season.