BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's soccer team continues its quest for a spot in the conference tournament with two more America East matchups this week. The Retrievers look to get a pivotal win on the road at Vermont on Thursday, October 11 at 3 p.m. at Virtue Field and return home for their "Fight In Pink" contest against Stony Brook on Sunday, October 14 at 1 p.m. at the Retriever Soccer Park. The squad invites all fans to purchase a pink shirt to show their support in the fight against breast cancer, with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen foundation.
Shirts are available for $8.00 prior to Sunday and be purchased for $10.00 at the gate. An auction will also take place at halftime, where fans will have a chance to bid on shirts worn by their favorite Retriever players during pregame. For more information or to make a donation, contact head coach Leslie Wray at email@example.com.
Links for Thursday's live video and Sunday's live stats can be found at www.umbcretrievers.com.
The Retrievers (1-9-3, 0-3-1 America East) took a week off following a heartbreaker in last Thursday's contest against Boston University. The black and gold fell short on a last minute goal against BU, dropping the contest 1-0. The Terriers out shot UMBC 28-4, but the Retrievers' defense withheld Boston University's pressure, before surrendering the game's lone goal with 18 seconds remaining in the second half.
UMBC freshman goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) made her first career start for the Retrievers and racked up a total of nine saves against the Terriers, facing 28 shots and allowing the one goal to BU midfielder Rachel Blauner.
The black and gold have five players that have scored two goals on the season, with senior forwardRachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) and freshman back Alexa Quaranta(Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) each adding an assist for a team-best five points.
Vermont (2-11-0, 1-3-0 America East) split last week, picking up a 2-1 double-overtime victory against Stony Brook on Thursday and dropping a 2-1 decision to New Hampshire on Sunday. Sophomore midfielder Kerry Glynn drove home her first goal of the season, rebounding a penalty kick from sophomore forward Bre Pletnick in the 107th minute against the Seawolves to give the Catamounts their first conference win of the season.
The Wildcats controlled the first half against UVM, outshooting Vermont 10-1 in the first half and taking a 2-0 lead into the break. The Catamounts were able to cut the deficit to one, 2-1, as senior midfielder Jess Berbst beat UNH goalkeeper Erica Correa, but Vermont was unable to put away the equalizer.
UVM is led by Pletnik's team-best 11 points, on five goals and one assist. The Catamounts have used three keepers between the pipes this season, with freshman Ally Ramos making 12 appearances, including both starts last week – her sixth and seventh starts of the season.
Stony Brook (7-5-2, 1-3-0 America East), which travels to Maine on Thursday before visiting the Retrievers on Sunday, slipped to 1-3 in conference action, falling in a pair of one-goal losses last week. The Seawolves looked to rebound from its 2-1 double-overtime loss to Vermont against Boston University on Sunday, however, the Terriers mounted a 17-7 shot advantage en route to a 3-2 victory. Freshman defender Stella Norman and senior forward Taryn Schoenbeck accounted for Stony Brook's two goals.
Junior forward Larissa Nysch and senior midfielder Sa'sha Kershaw have each tallied a team-best four goals on the year, with Nysch adding three assists for 11 points and Kershaw chipping in one assist for nine points. Junior goalkeeper Ashley Castanio has played every minute in goal for the Seawolves this season, amassing 74 saves and three shutouts.
UMBC is unbeaten in its last two meetings against Vermont, but trails the all-time series 5-3-1. Stony Brook has won nine of 12 meetings versus the Retrievers, winning the last six matchups.