Women's Soccer Falls, 4-1, to Hartford on Sunday

Photo by Gail Burton
Photo by Gail Burton

BALTIMORE, Md. –  Sophomore Jamie Shiflett (Baltimore, Md./Sparrows Point) scored the first goal of her career, but the UMBC women's soccer team fell, 4-1, to the Hartford Hawks on Sunday, October 8.  The Hawks move to 7-6-2 overall and 3-2-1 in America East play, while the Retrievers fall to 2-8-3 and 0-4-0 in conference contests.

Hartford scored in the 27th minute after Kalia Lozada dribbled from the left side of the box and shot the ball into the far corner of the net to put the Hawks up, 1-0.

UMBC's best chance to tie things up came in the 44th minute after freshman Elysia Paolillo (Holliston, Mass./Worcester Academy) sent a shot into the arms of Harford's Maia Perez.

The Hawks took a 2-0 lead shortly after the second half began as Bridgette Alexander passed the ball up an open lane to the feet of Ashley Claud. Claud then chipped a shot into the net from 22 yards outside of the box for the score in the 50th minute.

Sophomore Nikki Saad (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) sent a shot towards a goal in the 71st minute to try and give UMBC its first goal, but Perez was there again to make the save.

The Hawks scored twice within a minute of each other, first at 72:39 as Lozada sent a short pass in front of the net that Julia Carr one-tapped in. Hartford scored again at 73:30 after Carr controlled a turnover at midfield and sent the ball to Claud for the 4-0 lead.

The Retrievers got on the board in the 88th minute after sophomore Emily Horn (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) sent a high ball into the box that Shiflett headed into the net for her first career goal.

UMBC looked to add another goal with 10 seconds left in the game as freshman Erin Stevenson (Sellersville, Pa./Pennridge) sent a shot towards the goal, but the Hawks made the save.

Lozada and Claud led all players with two shots, while four Retrievers registered one shot apiece. In goal, Perez made three saves for Hartford, while junior Leah Roth (Valencia, Pa./Pine-Richland) made two saves in all 90 minutes of play for UMBC.

UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC will travel to UMass Lowell on Thursday, October 12 to face the River Hawks in a 3:30 p.m. matchup at Cushing Field.