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Women’s Soccer Notebook: Retrievers Release 2007 Schedule, Announce Recruiting Class
Head Coach Tara Koleski enters her second season at UMBC.
Baltimore-UMBC head coach Tara Koleski recently announced the Retrievers’ 2007 schedule. The Retrievers open their season Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. against in-state rival
“We’re excited about our upcoming season and we’re preparing for the challenges to take this team to the next level,” Koleski said. “It will start with competing against teams of higher caliber.”
Following their first game against the Tigers since 2002, the Retrievers will take on Elon (Sept. 2, UMBC) and Drexel (Sept. 6,
The Retrievers will host local rival Howard (Sept. 12) and regionally ranked
The Retrievers’ non-conference schedule also features road games against Atlantic-10 foe
UMBC opens America East play on Sept. 30 at Stony Brook, while the conference home opener is Oct. 4 against
The Retrievers’ conference road schedule includes stops at
After opening the season with two home games, the Retrievers take to the road for seven of the next eight games.
The America East Championships will take on a new format in 2007, as the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds will host the quarterfinals on Thursday, Nov. 1, and the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds will host the semifinals on Sunday, Nov. 4. The highest remaining seed will then host the title game on either Saturday, Nov. 10, or Sunday, Nov. 11.
Meet the New Dawgs: Koleski and first-year assistant coach Nicci Wright brought in a large recruiting class of 10 freshmen for the 2007 season. The newcomers will join the 16 returning players who hope to bounce back after a tough 4-13-1 season in 2006.
“Everyone that’s coming in is very fast,” Koleski said. “These players are all coming from ODP, they’re all Region 1 pool players. We’ve recruited players who have a good background of training, and they’re coming to us from elite club teams and elite levels of play. I think that kind of experience coming in as freshmen is valuable to us as a rebuilding program.”
Elyse Bilardo is an outside midfielder from
“Elyse is a fast player, a tough player who comes from a good, quality club team,” Koleski said. “I think as a freshman she’ll come in and bring us a lot of pace from a flank position or up top.”
Erin Johnson out of
“Erin Johnson is extraordinarily fast,” Koleski said. “She’s one of the most physical players I’ve ever seen play. She’s great in the air, but she can also serve balls in from an outside position.”
Megan McDonald, a midfielder from
“Megan McDonald is a crafty player,” Koleski said. “She makes a lot of things happen based on her technical ability and desire to always get forward.”
Kathryn O’Leary is a 5-foot-9 midfielder from
“She has a lot of size and will be vital for us winning balls in the midfield,” Koleski said. “She’ll give us an extra presence defensively.”
Meagan Rivera out of
“Every time she gets the ball, she’s looking to go to goal,” Koleski said. “We had trouble scoring last year, and Meagan Rivera is someone who will score goals for us.”
Christine Sadowski is a defender from
“She will be great for us as a defender,” Koleski said. “She’s a very smart, composed player in the ball. I think that her leadership in the back will help us be more organized defensively.”
Ashley Singer was Sadowski’s high school teammate at Kenwood and on the Baltimore Bays. Singer is a forward who was selected to the all-county first team and all-Metro second team in 2006. She also earned all-state honors as a freshman, when she scored in every game. Singer was a member of the MSYSA ODP team, and she currently plays for the WPSL’s Maryland Pride.
“Ashley Singer is one of the best players to come out of
Caitlyn Slattery is a midfielder from
“Caitlyn Slattery is a playmaker as a central midfielder,” Koleski said. “She sees the game very well. I think with the kind of pace that we’re bringing in, she will be a pivotal component of our midfield because she will be able to play players into dangerous spots. She’s great defensively, and she’s just a solid player all-around.”
Sandra Vacarino is a forward from
“She’s a fast, tenacious player,” Koleski said. “She’ll be a versatile player for us in a couple different positions. She has a never-quit attitude, and she brings a lot of pace to UMBC.”
Morgan Warrington is a defender from Magnolia,
“One word to describe Morgan is tough,” Koleski said. “She’s an attacking defender in that she gets out of the back and goes forward a lot. She will bring a lot of pace to our back line. She’ll elevate our game as a team, and she’ll allow us to be a more physical team than we were last year.”
Retrievers Pick Captains: Koleski also announced that seniors Alexis Rogowsky and Morgan Sacchetti, red-shirt junior Amy Morrison and junior Kali Schwartz will serve as team co-captains for the 2007 season.