BALTIMORE, Md. – It was a defensive battle through 88 minutes of play, but the UNCW Seahawks placed a ball between inside the box to hand the UMBC women's soccer team its first loss, 1-0, on Friday night at Retriever Soccer Park. The Seahawks move to 2-1-0 on the season while the Retrievers fall to 1-1-1.
The first period was a back-and-forth struggle for either team to find the net, as there were a combined 12 shots taken. The Retrievers had their best chance to score in the 11th minute with a shot from the foot of Christina Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) that was saved by UNCW's Sydney Schneider. Corbi would take another shot again in the 25th minute that Schneider would have to block away.
Junior Leah Roth (Valencia, Pa./Pine-Richland) had a few of her own blocks, including one at the end of the period to keep the game knotted up at 0-0 heading into halftime.
The second half was much like the first, as both teams worked to find the back of the net. Roth would make a huge save in the 60th minute, as UNCW's Serenity Waters drew her out of the box and Roth was able to slide to keep the ball from crossing into the net.
It was in the 88th minute, however, that UNCW would finally put themselves on the board. After UMBC began to drive up the field, the Seahawks stole the ball and Waters drove towards the goal to place the ball into the back of the net.
UNCW's Molly McGarry led all players with five shots, followed by Waters with four. Corbi led the Retrievers with two, both on goal. In the net for UMBC, Roth made six saves on the day, while Schneider made two blacks in the shutout.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC will travel to Robert Morris on Sunday, August 27 for a noon contest. The Retrievers will return to Baltimore on Aug. 31 to face crosstown rivals Loyola (Md.) in a 7 p.m. tilt.