BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's soccer team continues America East play on Thursday, Sept. 27, as it travels to West Hartford, Conn., to take on the Hartford Hawks at 7 p.m. at Al-Marzook Field inside of Alumni Stadium. The Retrievers conclude the weekend with their America East home opener on Sunday, Sept. 30, when they host Maine at the Retriever Soccer Park. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m., with live video available on www.umbcretrievers.tv
The black and gold (1-7-2, 0-1 America East) dropped their league opener on Sunday, falling 2-1 to New Hampshire. Junior midfielder Amy Savage (Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier), who recently returned from injury, recorded her first goal of the season, heading in a corner kick from senior forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) to even the score at one with 22:33 remaining in the contest. However, the Wildcats took advantage of a penalty kick from freshman midfielder Kirstyn Corder less than a minute later to pick up a victory in the America East opener.
Savage, who has competed in three games thus far this season, led with a game-high five shots on the afternoon. McKee picked up her third point of the year and leads the team with 18 shots. Her one shot in Sunday's matchup moved her into a tie for seventh place all-time at UMBC in career shots (119).
Junior goalkeeper Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas), who made seven saves on Sunday moved her into third place in the Retrievers' record book in career saves (268) and brought her season total to a league-leading 65 stops – ranking 13th nationally in the category. Her .844 save percentage also ranks atop of the conference.
The Hawks (5-2-3, 1-0 America East) defeated Binghamton in their conference opener on Sunday. Senior forward Amelia Pereira connected on a penalty kick in the 86th minute to help Hartford defeat the host Bearcats, 1-0. Pereira leads the offense with seven goals – including three game-winning goals – and three assists for a point total of 17 on the year.
Hartford enters the week ranked first in the league in goals allowed (eight), goals against average (0.75) and shutouts (five), thanks in large part to junior goalkeeper Erin Quinlan, who has played every minute of action between the pipes for the Hawks this season.
The Hawks hold an 8-2 series advantage and have won two consecutive meetings against the Retrievers. Both of UMBC's wins have come on their home field and have been 1-0 victories.
The Black Bears (5-3-1, 1-0 America East), who will play Boston University on Thursday before visiting the Retriever Soccer Park on Sunday, snapped a three-game winless streak with a 3-2 victory against Vermont in its league opener last Sunday. Junior midfielder Maggie Malone tallied her first goal of the season, the game-winner, in the 85th minute.
Maine has spread out its attack, with 10 different players scoring a goal and four with at least two goals on the season. Sophomore forward Jordan Pellerin and junior midfielder Nikki Misener have each tallied five points, on two goals and one assist each.
Freshman goalkeeper Lauren Swant has allowed 10 goals through nine games and has totaled three shutouts in her first collegiate campaign. The rookie has recorded 40 saves with an .800 save percentage.
The Black Bears own a 9-1 lead in the all-time series and have won three straight coming into Sunday.