WASHINGTON, D.C.—Junior forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) found the back of the net in the 82nd minute, but the UMBC women's soccer team dropped its season opener to host American University by a score of 2-1 Friday afternoon at Reeves Field.
American broke a scoreless tie in the 34th minute when forward Lindsay Muri fed a long pass down the right side of the field to a streaking Katarina Kingston, who controlled the ball and crossed it to forward Carleigh Morba, who slid her shot past UMBC sophomore keeper Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) from close range.
The Eagles tallied what proved to be the game-winner in the 79th minute when forward Jasmine Mohandesi crossed a pass from the left side midfielder Shaena Alfonsi, who was moving toward the front of the goal and angled her header past Kadet.
Less than three minutes later, the Retrievers cut American's lead in half, as sophomore forward Amy Savage (Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier) found McKee, whose high shot from a tough angle on the right side got past AU goalie Klare Lazor. But despite two more shots in the final eight minutes, the Retrievers were unable to find the equalizer.
American controlled play for much of the 90 minutes, outshooting UMBC by a 24-4 margin in the match, including an 11-3 advantage in shots on goal and a 6-1 margin in corner kicks. McKee took a team-high two shots for the Retrievers.
Kadet tallied nine saves between the pipes, while Lazor stopped two shots for the Eagles.
The Retrievers return to action on Sunday, when they host Campbell at 1 p.m. in the opener at Retriever Soccer Park.