Retrievers Travel to Penn Wednesday
BALTIMOREóIn a final tune-up before America East Conference play begins on Sunday, the UMBC womenís soccer team (1-8-0) heads to Philadelphia to take on the Pennsylvania Quakers (2-3-1) Wednesday evening at 5 p.m.
Last Time Out: The Retrievers dropped their fourth straight match on Friday, falling at Elon, 2-0. Despite a 9-1 edge in first-half shots, the Phoenix did not find the back of the net until the 45th minute. UMBC freshman goalie Mo Van Vlerah (Boyds, Md./Northwest) recorded seven saves in the game.
Quaker Quick Facts: Ranked 15th in the Mid-Atlantic region by Soccer Buzz Magazine, Pennsylvania is coming off a 2-2 draw with Georgetown on Sunday. Midfielder Sarah Friedman leads the Quakers with 11 points on two goals and a team-best seven assists, while midfielder Natalie Capuano has scored a team-high three goals. Goalies Caroline Williams and Sara Rose have each seen extensive time in the net this season, with Williams posting a 1.50 goals-against average and .765 save percentage in 240 minutes to Roseís 1.61 GAA and .600 save percentage in 335 minutes.
Last Time vs. Penn: In the first-ever meeting between the two teams, the Quakers defeated the Retrievers, 4-0, last season at UMBC Soccer Stadium. Three Penn players recorded a goal and an assist in the game. UMBC goalie Catie Bukowski (Odenton, Md./Arundel/South Carolina) made eight saves, while Rose stopped two shots for the Quakers. Forward Morgan Warrington (Magnolia, Del./St. Thomas Moore Prep) accounted for both of the Retrieversí shots on goal.
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 11 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: UMBC senior goalie Christine Bacinski (Hampstead, Md./Mount de Sales) 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 eighth in the America East with two goals on the season, while Bacinski ranks 10th with a .707 save percentage. In addition, Bacinski and Van Vlerah are tied for eighth in the league with 29 saves apiece. Bacinski ranks fourth with 7.25 saves per game, while Van Vlerah is right behind her at fifth with 5.8 stops per contest. As a team, the Retrievers rank fourth with 62 saves.