Women’s Soccer Hosts New Hampshire Thursday on Senior Day, Visits Binghamton Sunday
BALTIMORE—The UMBC women's soccer team (0-13-2, 0-5-1 AE) hosts America East rival New Hampshire on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. The game will be played on the turf at UMBC Stadium due to rain in the Baltimore area and field conditions at Retriever Soccer Park. Before the whistle blows, UMBC will honor its five seniors in a Senior Day ceremony. The Retrievers will then travel to Vestal, N.Y., to take on Binghamton on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the regular-season finale.
Fond Farewell: Prior to Thursday's contest, the Retrievers will bid farewell to five seniors - midfielder LeAnne Edgar (Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon), midfielder Megan McDonald (Wyoming, Pa./Dallas), back Kelsi Morris (Bowie, Md./Bowie/Pittsburgh), forward Brooke Piper (London, Ontario/A.B. Lucas) and goalie Mo Van Vlerah (Germantown, Md./Northwest) – who will be playing in front of their home fans for the final time.
Last Time Out: The Retrievers fell to 20th-ranked Boston University by a score of 8-0 on Sunday afternoon. UMBC sophomore goalie Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) recorded eight saves in the first half, while Van Vlerah stopped one shot in the second period. BU outshot UMBC, 31-4, as six different Terriers tallied goals.
Scouting the Wildcats: New Hampshire (4-11-1, 2-4-0 AE) is coming off a 2-1 victory over Binghamton on Sunday. Forward Alyssa Mitchell and midfielder Alli Rozelle each scored for the Wildcats. Ten different players have found the back of the net for UNH this season, led by forwards Brooke Duchaney and Meghan Ledwith, who have tallied three goals apiece. Ledwith has also added two assists to lead the team with eight points. Erica Correa has played the majority of the minutes between the pipes for the Wildcats and has posted a 1.64 goals-against average and a .745 save percentage. She ranks sixth in the America East with 4.56 saves per game.
Inside the Series: UMBC trails New Hampshire, 1-7-0, in the all-time series, which dates to 2003, when the Retrievers joined the America East, and the Wildcats have outscored UMBC, 18-6, in those meetings. Last season, the Wildcats defeated the Retrievers, 2-0, in Durham, N.H., despite a 15-13 shot advantage for the visitors. Kadet made seven saves in the game, while Correa stopped nine shots. The last time the teams met in Baltimore, the Wildcats came away with a 3-2 victory. UMBC's only win in the series was in the first-ever meeting in 2003, a 1-0 road victory.
Scouting the Bearcats: Binghamton (4-9-1, 1-4-1 AE) is coming off a 2-1 loss at New Hampshire on Sunday and will hosts America East rival Vermont on Thursday before hosting the Retrievers. Midfielder Kaitlyn Cook scored the lone goal for the Bearcats. Ten different players have notched one goal this season, including midfielder Taylor Kucharski and forward Candice Rowland, who also have two assists apiece and lead the team with four points. Goalie Carrie Martin has played the majority of the minutes in front of the net and has posted a 0.89 goals-against average and an .833 save percentage, the third-best marks in the America East in both categories. Martin also ranks second in the league with five shutouts this season.
Inside the Series: UMBC has never beaten Binghamton in nine all-time meetings, as the Bearcats hold a 7-0-2 advantage in the series, which dates to 2003 and includes an America East Tournament game in 2005. Last season in Baltimore, Stefani Knopick scored twice in the first 3:30 of action, and Binghamton held on for the rest of the match to win, 2-1, despite a feisty Retriever attack. Nicole Clark scored the lone goal for the hosts. Kadet made seven saves in the game, while Martin stopped eight shots. The last meeting in Vestal resulted in a 2-0 win for Binghamton, which has outscored UMBC, 17-5, all-time. The Retrievers' last result against the Bearcats occurred in the 2005 regular-season matchup in Vestal, a 1-1 draw that ended after 71 minutes due to field conditions.
McKee's the Key: Junior forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) leads UMBC with six goals and 12 points on the year, the most by a Retriever since Jessica Young (12 goals, 25 points) and Amanda DiCarlo (10g, 20pts) in 2005. She ranks sixth in the America East with 0.86 points per game this season, and she is tied for third with 0.43 goals per contest. McKee also ranks second in the league with 3.07 shots per game.
Twice as Nice: McKee's two-goal effort against Vermont on Oct. 2 was the first multi-goal game by a Retriever since Sandra Vacarino scored twice against New Hampshire on Oct. 22, 2009. In addition, UMBC scored two goals in a game for the first time since a 2-0 win over Vermont on Sept. 26, 2010.
Saving the Day: Kadet leads the America East with 6.31 saves per game this season. She posted a career-high 12 saves against Hartford on Sept. 25, stopping nine shots in the first half alone. The 12 saves were the most by a Retriever since Van Vlerah stopped 14 shots at George Mason on Sept. 22, 2009. Kadet now ranks fifth all-time at UMBC with 190 stops in her career, while Van Vlerah is tied with Catie Bukowski ('08) for seventh place with 161.
Clean Slate: UMBC's 0-0 tie against Navy on Sept. 21 was its first shutout since defeating Vermont, 2-0, on Sept. 26, 2010, and it was the second clean sheet of Kadet's career.
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