Women's Soccer Falls in Overtime to NJIT, 3-2

Photo by Gail Burton
Photo by Gail Burton

­­­­BALTIMORE – In their first overtime game of the season, the UMBC women's soccer team fell, 3-2, to the NJIT Highlanders on Sunday afternoon. The Highlanders scored the golden goal in the 93rd minute of play.


  • NJIT struck first in the 23rd minute after Jennifer Callaghan headed in a corner kick from Arianna Gerber.
  • Christina Corbi (Medford, N.J.) looked to tie things up in the 31st minute with a header of her own, but sent the ball just wide of the net.
  • Olivia Bronson (Gaithersburg, Md./St. Andrew's Episcopal) corralled a ball that pulled NJIT's Amelia Spairman away from the net, but Bronson's shot was saved by a Highlanders defender in the 37th minute.
  • After halftime, Jess Hopkins (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) made back-to-back shots for the Retrievers but Spairman was able to get a hand on each of them.
  • In the 54th minute, Danielle Fuentes (Rockville, Md./Magruder) sent a pass to the feet of classmate Laura Ventura (Gaithersburg, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel), which Ventura sent into the right corner of the net to tie the game up at 1-1.
  • After NJIT was called for a foul, Sydney Donovan (Smithtown, N.Y.) crossed a free kick into the box that Meredith Webber (Yardley, N.Y.) sent right into the goal to give UMBC the 2-1 lead in the 59th minute.
  • In the 87th minute, NJIT tied the game up after Christina Conaghy fed the ball to Tara Walenczyk, who put it into the corner of the net.
  • Webber looked for her second goal of the game, but her header after Corbi's corner in the 89th minute went wide, sending the game into overtime.
  • In the 93rd minute, Katrina Nguyen-DeMary sent a corner kick into the box where Dunja Trajkovic was waiting and launched the ball into net for the game's golden goal.  

The Highlanders move to 6-2-1 on the season, while the Retrievers fall to 0-8-0.

Webber and Roth both saw all 92 minutes of game action today.
Today's contest featured 18 combined shots, with the Highlanders edging out the Retrievers, 11-9.

Sapirman made four saves in net on six shots faced. Roth made one save in 92 minutes of play.

The Retrievers will stay home at Retriever Soccer Park to open a doubleheader on Wednesday, Sept. 19 as they host Mount St. Mary's in a 4 p.m. makeup game. The men's soccer team will host Howard at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.umbc.edu.