BALTIMORE—After seeing its game against Texas State washed away by Hurricane Irene, the UMBC women's soccer team (0-3-0) returns to action with a pair of games this weekend. The Retrievers visit Penn for a 7 p.m. game on Friday, then host Bucknell on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park.
Last Time Out: The Retrievers dropped a double-overtime heartbreaker at Temple, 2-1, last Friday. Sophomore forward Amy Savage (Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier) scored an unassisted goal on a breakaway from 15 yards out in the eighth minute for an early 1-0 lead, UMBC's first advantage of the young season. But the Owls found the equalizer 14 minutes into the second half, then scored the game-winner with five minutes remaining in the second overtime period. Making her first start of the season, senior goalie Mo Van Vlerah (Germantown, Md./Northwest) recorded five saves.
On the Quakers: Penn is opening its season Friday against the Retrievers. The defending Ivy League champions after posting a 9-7-2 mark in 2010, the Quakers have won two of the last four league titles. Penn returns seven starters and 14 letterwinners from last year's team, including forward Kerry Scalora, the 2010 Ivy League and ECAC Rookie of the Year who tied for the team lead with five goals and 12 points during her freshman campaign. Forward Marin McDermott posted the same numbers last season and earned All-Ivy Honorable Mention, along with goalie Caroline Williams, who posted a 0.88 goals-against average with seven shutouts.
Inside the Series: UMBC and Penn played three years in a row from 2007-09, with the Quakers taking all three matches by a combined 10-0. The teams last met on Sept. 29, 2009, at UMBC, a 3-0 Penn victory. Van Vlerah made six saves in the game, while Williams stopped three shots. McDermott scored twice for the Quakers in that contest. The last time the teams met in Philadelphia was Sept. 24, 2008, also a 3-0 win for the hosts.
On the Bison: Bucknell is 0-3-0 on the season with three straight 1-0 losses, including at Canisius last Sunday, despite a 22-8 shot advantage. Goalies Sandita McDermott andColleen Garrehy have split time in goal in the first three games, each playing 135 minutes between the pipes. Garrehy has made seven saves and boasts a .778 save percentage, while McDermott has allowed just one goal for a 0.67 goals-against average. Forward Megan DeGennaro has taken a team-high nine shots this season, including six on goal. Despite just a 7-13-0 overall record in 2010, the Bison went 5-2-0 in Patriot League play to earn a share of the regular-season title. But Bucknell lost four of its top five scorers from last season, including two-time PL Offensive Player of the Year Christina Matlack, and was picked to finish fifth in the conference.
Inside the Series: Bucknell leads the all-time series against UMBC, 4-2-0, but the Retrievers are 2-1 at home against the Bison. The teams last met in 2009, a 2-1 victory for host Bucknell. The Retrievers took a 1-0 lead on an own goal in the 55th minute, but the Bison scored twice in the final five minutes for the win. Van Vlerah made seven saves for the Retrievers.
Saving the Day: Van Vlerah now has 152 saves in her career, good for seventh on the Retrievers' all-time list, while sophomore Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) ranks ninth with 121 career stops. Kadet's 18-game starting streak was snapped last Friday at Temple. She had played 1,641 consecutive minutes before missing that contest. She still ranks second in the America East with 13 saves and third with 6.5 saves per game this season.
Savage Beast: Savage has had a hand in both of UMBC's goals on the young season. She assisted junior forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) on the Retrievers' first goal of the year in the season opener at American, and she found the back of the net herself last Friday at Temple. An America East All-Rookie Team selection in 2010, Savage is UMBC's active career leader with three goals and nine points. She leads the Retrievers with three points and five shots on the year, and she ranks fifth in the America East with five points and 1.0 points per game so far this season.
Goodnight, Irene: UMBC's game against Texas State, which was scheduled for last Sunday afternoon, was canceled due to the impact of Hurricane Irene on the Baltimore area and will not be made up. To account for the canceled contest, the Retrievers have added a match against Saint Joseph's to their schedule on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park. The Hawks also had a game washed away due to the hurricane.
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