September 8, 2011

Women’s Soccer Debuts Under the Lights Friday Evening Against Cross-Town Rival Towson

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BALTIMORE—Still in search of its first win of the season, the UMBC women's soccer team (0-5-0) plays its first game under the brand new lights of Retriever Soccer Park against cross-town rival Towson (2-2-0) Friday evening at 7 p.m.

Last Time Out: The Retrievers are coming off a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Bucknell on Sunday. The Bison took a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute, but junior forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) found the equalizer 20 minutes later. The game appeared destined for overtime, until a scramble in front of the UMBC net with 70 seconds remaining led to the game-winner for the visitors. Sophomore goalie Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) recorded seven saves in the outing.

On the Tigers: Towson is 2-2-0 on the season following a 2-1 loss to High Point on Sunday. Forward Emily Banes scored the Tigers' lone goal off a feed from forward Sofia Read. Goalie Jocelyn Papciak made five saves. Banes and forward Cheyenne Skidmore are tied for the team lead with two goals and five points apiece. They are tied for fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association with 1.25 points per game. Read has a team best two assists. Papciak has played the majority of the Tigers' minutes in goal and has posted a 1.56 goals-against average and a .760 save percentage. She was a preseason All-CAA selection after earning All-CAA Second Team honors in 2010. Towson was picked to finish 10th in the CAA preseason poll after posting a 6-11-3 overall record last season. The Tigers currently rank fourth in the league with 1.50 goals per game.

Inside the Series: UMBC leads the all-time series, 6-5-0, but Towson has won the last five meetings. The teams last met in 2009, a 1-0 decision for the host Tigers. Forward Erica Marshall scored the game-winner with three minutes left in regulation. UMBC goalie Mo Van Vlerah (Germantown, Md./Northwest) made seven saves, while Papciak stopped three shots for Towson.

Saving the Day: Van Vlerah ranks seventh all-time at UMBC with 152 career saves, while Kadet is ninth with 132. Kadet ranks second in the America East with 6.0 saves per game this season, and she has started all but two games since stepping foot on UMBC's campus last fall.

Scoring Tandem: McKee and sophomore forward Amy Savage (Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier) have accounted for all of UMBC's scoring so far this season, as McKee leads the Retrievers with two goals and four points, while Savage has three points on a goal and an assist. McKee is tied for fifth in the America East in goals and tied for sixth in the conference in points. Her two goals are a career best. She is UMBC's active career leader with four goals and nine points, while Savage also has nine points in her career.

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