UMBC Hosts Maine in America East Women’s Soccer Opener
BALTIMORE—The UMBC women’s soccer team (1-9-0) returns home this weekend to open America East Conference play against Maine (3-1-4) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at UMBC Soccer Stadium.
Last Time Out: The Retrievers dropped their fifth straight match on Wednesday, falling to a regionally ranked University of Pennsylvania team, 3-0, in Philadelphia. The Quakers outshot UMBC, 21-5. Making her first start of the season, senior goalie Catie Bukowski (Odenton, Md./Arundel/South Carolina) recorded nine saves.
Black Bear Bites: Maine is coming off a 2-0 win over Cornell on Sunday. Forwards Christine LaBelle and Laura Martel lead the Black Bears with three goals, while LaBelle, Martel and midfielder Veronique Fleury have each scored a team-best six points and forward Carolyne Nellis is tops with three assists. LaBelle and Nellis swept the America East weekly awards last week. Martel leads the America East with 0.75 goals per game and 1.5 points per game. Goalie Jasmine Phillips has played every minute in front of the net and has posted a 0.63 goals-against average and an .829 save percentage with 29 saves and six goals allowed to go along with four shutouts on the season. The Black Bears are tops in the America East with 11 goals scored on the season. Maine was picked to finish fourth in the conference preseason poll.
Last Time vs. Maine: The Black Bears defeated the Retrievers, 1-0, in overtime last season in Orono. Maine midfielder Kim Stephenson was credited with the goal after firing in a corner kick that bounced off the hands UMBC keeper Christine Bacinski (Hampstead, Md./Mount de Sales). The Black bears outshot the Retrievers, 23-4, but Bacinski came up with eight saves. Phillips stopped one shot in the shutout.
UMBC vs. Maine All-Time: The Retrievers have never defeated the Black Bears in six all-time meetings. The series dates to 2003 when UMBC joined the America East Conference. The Retrievers have only scored one goal against Maine in the six meetings.
Super Soph: Sophomore midfielder Morgan Warrington (Magnolia, Del./St. Thomas Moore Prep) has scored both of UMBC’s goals on the season, including the game-winner in the Retrievers’ first victory of the season, a 1-0 decision over Sacred Heart on Sept. 12. Warrington also leads UMBC with 12 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 eighth in the America East with two goals on the season, while Bacinski ranks 10th with a .707 save percentage. In addition, Bacinski and freshman goalie Mo Van Vlerah (Boyds, Md./Northwest) 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.