BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer kicks off homecoming weekend on Thursday, Oct. 10 when it hosts America East foe Vermont at Retriever Soccer Park. Game time is set for 7 p.m., with local high school teams receiving a discounted ticket price. All the action can be caught live at www.UMBCRetrievers.com.
UMBC (7-4-2, 2-1-0 AE) has recorded its highest win total since 2005 and has its most conference victories since 2008. The Retrievers have totaled 16 goals on the year, the most in a season since 2007, with contributions coming from seven different players.
The Retrievers rebounded after falling in back-to-back contests for the first time this season, with a pair of America East victories last week. Sophomore Alexa Quaranta (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) earned America East Player of the Week recognition and a spot on Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Week after recording the game-winning goals in wins over Binghamton and Albany. She leads the squad with four goals on the season, while red-shirt junior Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) and sophomore Amira Walcott (Beltsville, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) have each chipped in seven points of their own.
Senior goalkeeper Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) blanked her fourth opponent of the season in Thursday's 1-0 double overtime victory against Binghamton to enter UMBC's top-five in career shutouts (nine). Kadet, who became the program's all-time saves leader last month, has 50 stops on the year and is holding opponents to a 0.88 goals per game in 2013.
Vermont (4-6-2, 1-1-1 AE) has dropped one of its last five contests and is coming off a 1-1 week in America East action. The Catamounts scored a pair of second half goals en route to a 3-1 victory at UMass Lowell on Thursday and followed with a 1-1 double overtime tie versus first place Maine on Sunday.
The Catamounts are averaging 1.17 goals per contest and a conference-best 5.08 corner kicks per game. Freshman Nikki McFarland scored in each contest last week for UVM to earn America East Rookie of the Week honors. She leads the squad with four goals on the year, scoring in three of Vermont's last four contests to rank fourth in the league.
Goalkeeper Ally Ramos has appeared in nine of the Catamounts 12 games and leads the conference in saves (53). The sophomore is posting a 3-5-1 record, while allowing 1.80 goals per game.
Inside the Series
-UMBC trails the all-time series, 3-5-2, but is unbeaten versus the Catamounts in its last three tries.
-Each of the last two meetings between the Retrievers and Vermont have gone into double overtime and have ended in a tie.
-The series is tied at 2-2-1 in five all-time matchups in Baltimore.