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JoAnne Jackson recorded UMBC's first assist of the season against N.C. State.
BALTIMOREóComing off of two tough losses at home, the UMBC womenís soccer team (1-6-0) sets out in search of victory this week as it concludes its four-game home stand on Wednesday before hitting the road on Friday. The Retrievers will host Drexel (4-2-0) on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at UMBC Soccer Stadium, then travel to Elon, where they will take on the Phoenix (3-2-1) on Friday at 4 p.m. at Rudd Field.
Last Time Out: Freshman goalie Mo Van Vlerah (Boyds, Md./Northwest) recorded a career-high eight saves against Richmond last Friday, but the offense had trouble finding the net and the Retrievers fell, 2-0. On Sunday, sophomore midfielder Morgan Warrington (Magnolia, Del./St. Thomas Moore Prep) scored the only goal for the Retrievers in a 2-1 loss to N.C. State. Junior midfielder JoAnne Jackson (Portland, Ore./Lincoln) was credited with the assist. Senior goalie Christine Bacinski (Hampstead, Md./Mount de Sales) made a career-high 11 saves against the Wolfpack.
Dragon Details: Drexel is coming off of a 4-2 win over America East Conference opponent Albany. Midfielder Alexa Yiantsos scored three goals and assisted on the fourth against the Great Danes. Freshman forward Jenna Lindsay leads the Dragons with five goals and 11 points. Goalie Kaitlin Bond boasts a 0.88 goals-against average and a .773 save percentage, as she has allowed just five goals in 509 minutes of action. With 13 goals in six games, Drexel has already surpassed last seasonís total offensive output, and the Dragons have outscored their opponents, 13-5, on the year. Drexel was picked to finish 12th in the Colonial Athletic Association preseason poll.
Last Time vs. Drexel: Last September in the teamsí first-ever meeting, Drexel midfielder Carly Snyder scored in the third minute of double overtime to give the Dragons a 2-1 victory over the Retrievers in Philadelphia. UMBC senior forward Jessica Young opened the scoring with a goal in the 34th minute off a pass from defender Arielle Tagger (East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick) that put the Retrievers on top 1-0, but Alexa Yiantsos, who also was credited with the game-winning assist, answered 12 minutes later with a goal from the penalty spot. Both UMBC goalie Catie Bukowski (Odenton, Md./Arundel/South Carolina) and Drexel keeper Kaitlin Bond recorded six saves in the game.
Phoenix Facts: Elon claimed the 2008 Carolinas Border Classic title and improved to 3-2-1 last weekend with a pair 1-0 wins over Gardner-Webb and Winthrop. Forward Molly Caplan leads the Phoenix with three goals and six points on the season. Elon keepers Sydney Little and Lizz Johnson combined for five saves in the two shutouts over the weekend. Little boasts the better GAA (1.07) and save percentage (.789) in 335 minutes of action. The Phoenix has been outscored, 12-5, on the season. Elon was picked to finish eighth in the Southern Conference preseason poll.
Last Time vs. Elon: In the teamsí first-ever meeting last September, the Phoenix picked up a 2-1 overtime victory despite being outshot by the Retrievers, 21-5. Elonís Kate Persichini opened the scoring on the Phoenixís first shot of the game in the 43rd minute. UMBC forward Ashley Singer (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) finally broke through for the Retrievers in the 81st minute with her first career goal that ultimately sent the game to overtime. But Elon forward Stacie Ledford found the back of the net less than two minutes into the extra period to give the Phoenix the win. Bukowski made three saves for the Retrievers, while Elon goalie Lizz Johnson stopped 11 shots.
Super Soph: Warrington has scored both of UMBCís goals on the season, including the game-winner in the Retrieversí first victory of the season, a 1-0 decision over Sacred Heart on Sept. 12. Warrington also leads UMBC with eight shots on the season. The 2008 America East All-Rookie Team selection now has five goals and 11 points in her young career.
Goose Eggs: Bacinski posted her third career shutout and first since Sept. 9, 2005, in the 1-0 victory over Sacred Heart on Sept. 12. It was the first UMBC shutout since Sept. 12, 2007 against Howard, and the first solo shutout for a Retriever keeper since Bukowski blanked Albany on Oct. 9, 2005.
America East Ranks: Warrington is tied for fourth in the America East with two goals, tied for eighth with 0.29 goals per game and tied for 10th with four points. Bacinski ranks third in the league with 7.25 saves per game, tied for fifth with 25 saves and ninth with a .707 save percentage, while Van Vlerah ranks fifth with 6.67 saves per game and is tied for ninth with 20 saves. As a team, the Retrievers are tied for second in the America East with 52 saves.