BALTIMORE, Md. – After playing its last two games on the road, the UMBC women's soccer team will return home to Retriever Soccer Park as they welcome the Hartford Hawks on Sunday, October 8 at 1 p.m. This game will serve as the team's Alumni Day, as well as their #SpreadRespect game.
#SpreadRespect games, formerly branded You Can Play Nights, were created with the purpose of furthering awareness and education to ensure equality, respect and safety for all athletes without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. That respect also extends to race, ethnicity, gender, religion and more.
The America East, partnered with You Can Play and LGBT SportSafe, organizations committed to the inclusion of LGBTQ+ athletes. The America East was the first Division I athletic conference to partner with You Can Play. In addition to its partnership with You Can Play, the America East has recently partnered with LGBT SportSafe, an organization that is going from campus to campus in the America East and holding workshops with administrators and coaches.
Scouting the Retrievers (2-7-3, 0-3-0 America East)
-The UMBC women's soccer has dropped its last three contest, most recently falling to the Binghamton Bearcats, 3-0, on Thursday, October 5. The Bearcats scored two early goals in the first period and added a third in the second period.
-UMBC got two shots in the first half from sophomore Nikki Saad and one in the second stanza from junior Wren Aye but weren't able to get anything to connect with the net. Junior Leah Roth made five saves in goal.
- Saad leads the team with 27 shots, with 11 of them being on goal; Saad also leads the team with three assists. On her career, Saad has seven assists and needs just two more to tie for ninth overall in UMBC program history.
-Roth has played 1052:48 minutes in goal, making 55 saves and registering a 78.6 save percentage. The junior has 154 career saves, ranking 10th overall in program history.
Scouting the Hawks (6-6-2, 2-1-1 America East)
-Hartford enters the game with a 6-6-2 overall record, going 2-1-1 in America East games after pulling a 1-1 draw with Albany on Thursday night.
-The Great Danes took a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute, but the Hawks tied things up in the 80th minute off the foot of Bridgette Alexander. The teams battled through two overtime periods but ended the game locked at one apiece.
-Hartford is led offensively by Alexander who has nine goals and 14 points off 36 shots. The Hawks also returning 2016's America East Rookie of the Year Sierra Stone and first-team selection Julia Carr, who both were instrumental in helping Hartford in their shot at a conference title last season.
-In goal, Maia Perez has started all 14 games for the Hawks, making 53 saves and has a 1.27 goals against average. Stefanie Szot has played in one game, making three saves in 45 minutes played.
Inside the Series
-UMBC and Hartford are meeting for the 17th time, with the Hawks holding a 10-5-1 lead in the series.
-Hartford picked up a 3-1 victory in the 2016 season. Nikki Saad was the lone goal scorer for UMBC.