Pair of Goals From Quaranta Not Enough, Women's Soccer Falls to UMass Lowell, 3-2
LOWELL, Mass. – UMBC women’s soccer’s sophomore forward Alexa Quaranta (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) tallied the first multiple goal game of her career, but it was not enough as UMass Lowell completed a 3-2 double overtime come-from-behind victory in Sunday afternoon’s America East contest at Cushing Field.
UMBC built up a two-goal advantage, but were unable to hold on for their fifth straight victory, as UMass Lowell scored three-straight goals, including the game-winner in the 103rd minute.
The Retrievers fall for the first time in five games to move to 9-5-2 overall and 4-2-0 in league play, while the River Hawks (1-14-1, 1-5-0 AE) pick up their first victory of the season.
Quaranta took 1:33 to give UMBC a 1-0 advantage, beating the UMass Lowell defense and the River Hawks’ goalkeeper Jane Hatzikonstantis.
The Retrievers took the advantage into the break and once again jumped out of the gates quickly, with Quaranta striking for her fifth goal in the last five games off a pass from freshman forward Amanda Dailey (Howell, N.J./Freehold Township/Monmouth) 2:19 into the second half. The second-year forward leads the team with seven goals and 15 points.
Less than six minutes later, UMass Lowell started its run, scoring its first of two goals in the second half. A shot from junior forward Emily Bracken nailed off the crossbar, but senior back Sarah Raye was there for the rebound for her first goal of the season.
The River Hawks sent home the equalizer in the 77th minute, as freshman midfielder Erin Scanlon dished out a pass to freshman forward Taylor Packwood for the chip shot over UMBC senior goalkeeper Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas).
UMBC posted the only opportunities of the first overtime, with Quaranta and classmate Nikki Boretti (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding) notching the only shots of the period and the Retrievers picking up a corner kick with 10 seconds to go in the first overtime.
Sophomore midfielder Samantha Barbeito headed the game-winner, her first goal of the season, 2:50 into the second overtime off a cross from sophomore midfielder Selja Snorradottir.
Hatzikonstantis finished with seven saves in the contest, while Kadet registered three.
UMBC enters the final week of the regular season tied for third place with Stony Brook in the America East standings. The Retrievers return to action on Thursday, Oct. 24 against Hartford at 7 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park.