BALTIMORE—Making its debut under the brand new lights at Retriever Soccer Park, the UMBC women's soccer team (0-6-0) allowed two second-half goals and fell to cross-town rival Towson (3-2-0) by a score of 3-1 Friday evening.
The Tigers got on the board first when forward Cheyenne Skidmore took a crossing pass from defender Alex Evitts and slipped it past UMBC senior goalie Mo Van Vlerah (Germantown, Md./Northwest) early in the 29th minute.
But the Retrievers tied it up less than 10 minutes later, as junior midfielder Aly Gazarek (Aldie, Va./Freedom/South Florida) sent a cross to freshman midfielder Lilly Rydon (Stirling, South Australia/Concordia College). Rydon's header found the foot of sophomore forward Amy Savage (Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier), who was all alone in front of the net and knocked it in for the equalizer.
The score remained knotted at 1-1 at halftime, but the Tigers broke the tie early in the second period. Forward Sofia Read sent a corner kick into the box, which found forward Emily Banes in the far corner, and Banes was able to knock it in just inside the post for the eventual game-winner.
Towson got an insurance goal in the in the 72nd minute when Read's free kick from just outside the top-right corner of the box found the back of the net.
Van Vlerah recorded a season-high seven saves between the pipes and now ranks seventh all-time at UMBC with 159 career saves, two behind Catie Bukowski ('08) for sixth. Jocelyn Papciak stopped four shots for the Tigers.
Savage was named the America East Player of the Game with her second goal of the season. She leads the Retrievers with five points, one shy of her career high, which was set in 2010.
The Tigers outshot the Retrievers, 19-11, and held an 11-3 advantage in corner kicks.
The Retrievers return to action on Wednesday, when they host Saint Joseph's at 7 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park.