September 25, 2011

Women’s Soccer Falls to Hartford, 3-0, in America East Opener

BALTIMORE—UMBC sophomore goalie Lauren Kadet(Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) recorded a career high 12 saves, but it was not enough, as the UMBC women's soccer team (0-9-1, 0-1-0 AE) fell to Hartford (8-0-2, 1-0-0 AE) by a score of 3-0 in the America East Conference opener for both teams.

The Hawks turned up the pressure early, taking six shots in the first seven minutes of action, but Kadet recorded four saves in that span. But Hartford got one past Kadet in the 16th minute when forward Mary Beth Hamilton lofted a shot from 25 yards out that found the upper-right corner of the net.

Hartford took the 1-0 lead into halftime but made it 2-0 in the 61st minute when, after a series of passes, forward Amelia Pereira dodged a defender in front of the net and sent the ball past Kadet. Hamilton and forward Caitlin Alves were each credited with assists.

Then, just under 10 minutes later, Alves sent a pass from the goal line to forward Arielle Aikens, whose shot hit the crossbar. But Aikens collected her own rebound and knocked it into the top-left corner for the 3-0 lead.

The Retrievers had several good opportunities. Early in the 12th minute, freshman midfielder Paige Preston (Freehold, N.J./Freehold) set up junior forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron), but McKee's shot went just wide. Late in the game, sophomore forward Amy Savage (Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier) and sophomore back Stephanie Smith (Severna Park, Md./Archbishop Spalding) each forced Hartford goalie Erin Quinlan to make a diving stop.

Nine of Kadet's 12 saves came in the first half. The Retrievers' America East Player of the Game, she now has 158 saves in her career, moving into eighth place all-time at UMBC. Quinlan finished with seven saves in the game.

Hartford outshot UMBC, 26-10, including 15-4 in the first half, and held a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks. McKee took a team-high three shots for the Retrievers, while Hamilton, who was named the Hawks' Player of the Game, took a game-high nine shots and finished with three points on a goal and an assist.

The Retrievers return to action on Thursday, Sept. 28, when they visit America East rival Stony Brook.