BROOKLYN, N.Y. – UMBC junior goalkeeper Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) recorded six saves against LIU Brooklyn in Sunday afternoon's non-conference women's soccer game at LIU Field, but it was not enough as the Blackbirds used a goal late in the first half to defeat the Retrievers 1-0.
LIU (1-3) earns its first win of the year, while UMBC moves to 1-4-1 on the year.
We were a bit disappointed with our effort in the first half," head coach Leslie Wray said. "We had some individual breakdowns late in the first half and got down by a goal right before halftime.
"Our work rate picked up significantly in the second half and we put them under pressure," Wray continued. "Lauren Kadet was solid in goal again. Individual efforts from Amira Walcott, Melissa Hummel, Lilly Rydon and Rachel McKee helped keep the game close and kept us in it."
The Blackbirds got on the board, taking the lead with 2:31 left in the first half on freshman forward Mariana Ruas's first collegiate goal. Ruas gathered a pass from Nicole Labo eight yards out in front of the net and blasted home the game-winner.
The Retrievers were unable to build off of their first victory of the season on Friday against Saint Peter's, being outshot 12-2 by LIU, with UMBC sophomore Morgan Taylor (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and freshman Alexa Quaranta (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) each recording a shot on the afternoon.
The Retrievers return to action on Friday, Sept. 7 when they travel to Bucknell.