BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer opens its 2013 campaign on Friday, Aug. 23 when it plays host to Mount St. Mary's. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Retriever Soccer Park, with live action and statistics available, free of charge, at UMBCRetrievers.com. The Retrievers conclude the weekend with a trip to Washington, D.C., as they take on American on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. on Reeves Field.
Friday also marks High School Night at the Retriever Soccer Park, where local teams are invited to attend the season-opener at a discounted ticket price. Sunday's contest will have video available for purchase and free live statistics, both of which can be found on UMBCRetrievers.com.
UMBC head coach Leslie Wray enters her second season with the Retrievers and returns nine starters and 14 letterwinners from a year ago, including America East All-Conference Second Team goalkeeper Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) and All-Rookie Team honoree Amira Walcott (Beltsville, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt).
Kadet was named to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-Conference First Team after leading the league in saves (105) and saves per game (6.56) last season. Kadet enters the year second all-time at UMBC in career saves (308), 31 behind the current leader, Nadine Henchcliffe (339).
Veterans Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage), Stephanie Smith (Severna Park, Md./Archbishop Spalding) and Lilly Rydon (Stirling, South Australia/Concordia College) will be looked upon to lead the Retrievers offensive attack in 2013.
The young black and gold welcome back a talented sophomore class which accounted for eight of the team's 12 goals in 2012 and helped secure a backline that ranked fourth in the conference in goals allowed per game (1.53).
Mount St. Mary's head coach Tom Gosselin is set to begin his seventh season at the helm of the program and is coming of the team's most successful season since 2000, posting a 7-11-1 overall mark. The Mount was picked to finish seventh in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll and return their leading goal scorer and point getter in junior Alicia Mirando, who netted to most goals for an MTSM player since 2005 (seven) during her second season with the squad.
The Mount's offense also returns a trio of seniors; Ragan Cote, Jackie Corley and Keriann McGettigan, who combined for nine goals and eight assists a year ago.
American first-year head coach Anabel Jimenez Hering looks to lead the Eagles back to the Patriot League Tournament for the second straight season for the first time since 2004, after a 4-2-1 record in league play last year. AU was picked to finish eighth in league's preseason poll after graduating its top two scorers. American does bring back junior goalkeeper Charlene Belanger, who registered a 6-8-3 record last season and allowed 1.41 goals per game.
The Eagles kick-off their season on Friday at home against George Washington.
-UMBC takes on Mount St. Mary's for the first time since Sept. 21, 2006.
-The Retrievers hold a 12-1 record against the Mount, with UMBC's only loss coming on the road.
-American holds a 12-3-2 series advantage over the black and gold.