BALTIMORE – With one week remaining in the regular season, the UMBC women's soccer team finds itself in the running for one of the three remaining spots in the America East Championship – with Hartford, New Hampshire and Maine having solidified their berths. The Retrievers welcome Binghamton to Retriever Soccer Park on Thursday, Oct. 18 for Senior Night and travel to Albany for their regular season finale at noon against the Great Danes at the Turf at College Park. Kickoff for Thursday's game is set for 6 p.m., with live video of all the action on www.umbcretrievers.tv.
UMBC will honor its four seniors; Aly Gazarek (Aldie, Va./Freedom/South Florida), Sarah Kopytko (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North), Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) and Sarah Purdum (West Fenwick Island, Del./Indian River) prior to Thursday's kickoff, as the four play at Retriever Soccer Park for the final time.
Following a pair of ties last week, which gave the Retrievers three points in conference, UMBC (1-9-5, 0-3-3 America East) trails Albany (5-10-1, 2-4-0 America East) by three points for the final spot in the league tournament with two games to go. Junior goalkeeper Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) tallied 10 saves in her third shutout of the season last Thursday in a scoreless draw at Vermont.
Freshman forward Bria Bass (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) put the Retrievers out in front, 1-0, on Sunday, blasting home her team-leading third goal of the season, but Stony Brook drove home the equalizer on a penalty kick, leading to UMBC's program record fifth tie of the season.
Kadet, a nominee for the America East Women's Soccer Fans' Choice Player of the Year, recorded a season-best 11 stops against the Seawolves to bring her season total to a league leading 95 saves. The junior ranks 20th in the nation in total saves and ranks first in the America East in saves per game (6.79).
Despite dropping four straight since tying New Hampshire on Sept. 27, Binghamton (6-8-1, 0-5-1 America East) hangs on to its playoff hopes, needing a pair of victories in its final two games and some help along the way. In their latest contest, the Bearcats fell, 1-0, to Boston University on Sunday, surrendering the contest's only goal 1:07 into the second half.
Senior forward Sarah Furminger leads the team in goals (five) and points (12). She enters the week ranked fourth in the America East in points per game (0.86). Juniors Carrie Martin and Stephanie Speirs have split time between the pipes this season. Martin has seen action in 15 games throughout the year, while Speirs has made 13 appearances.
Albany has dropped three straight games coming into Thursday's matchup with Maine. In their latest contest, the Great Danes outshot Vermont by 10 shots, but a 25 yard blast from forward Alexandra Dezenzo broke the 1-1 deadlock and gave the Catamounts their second conference win of the season and a one point lead in the standings over UAlbany.
Senior forward Shayla Bergeron leads the Great Danes and ranks second in the conference with 19 points on seven goals – also second in the league – and five assists. Twin sisters Chelsea DeVerna and Maggie DeVerna, rank second and third on the team, respectively in points, having combined for 10 goals and five assists on the year.