Women’s Soccer Travels to New Hampshire Thursday
BALTIMORE—The UMBC women’s soccer team (2-11-0, 1-2-0 AEC) hits the road again on Thursday to take on America East rival New Hampshire (3-8-1, 2-1-0 AEC). Kick-off is set for 3 p.m. at the Wildcats’ Lewis Fields.
Last Time Out: Sophomore back Christine Sadowski (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) scored her first career goal off a free kick in the 73rd minute, but it was not enough, as the Retrievers dropped a 3-1 decision to Hartford on Sunday. Senior back Kali Schwartz (Congers, N.Y./Clarkstown South) took the free kick and was credited with the assist. Senior goalie Christine Bacinski (Hampstead, Md./Mount de Sales) recorded five saves in the game.
The Word on the Wildcats: New Hampshire is 3-8-1 on the season and coming off a 3-1 loss to conference rival Albany on Sunday. Forward Sara Hourihan leads the Wildcats with five goals and 12 points, while forward Shaunna Kaplan has tallied a team-best five assists to go along with 11 points on the season. Goalies Ally Yost and Nikki Golding have played almost even minutes in front of the net and have combined to make 87 saves on the season. Yost boasts the better goals-against average at .767, while Golding’s .806 save percentage is higher. UNH leads the America East in scoring with 16 goals on the season but has been outscored by opponents, 23-16. After winning a share of the 2007 America East regular-season title, the Wildcats were picked to finish second in the 2008 preseason coaches’ poll.
Last Time vs. UNH: The Retrievers were blanked by the Wildcats, 2-0, last season at the UMBC Soccer Stadium. UNH midfielder Amy Avitabile and forward Marianne Rivard scored the two goals in the 13th and 81st minutes past to give the Wildcats the win. UMBC goalie Catie Bukowski (Odenton, Md./Arundel/South Carolina) made six saves in the game.
UMBC vs. UNH All-Time: The Wildcats hold a 4-1-0 series lead over the Retrievers dating to 2003, when UMBC joined the America East Conference. The Retrievers’ only win against New Hampshire came in that first season, a 1-0 victory in Durham, N.H. In the teams’ five meetings, UMBC has been outscored 10-4.
Goose Eggs: Bacinski has recorded two shutouts this season and now has four in her career. Her first blanking of the season occurred on Sept. 12 against Sacred Heart and was her first shutout since Sept. 9, 2005. That game 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. The shutout of Maine on Sept. 28 marks the first time one goalie has been credited with more than one solo shutout in a season since 2005. UMBC has not allowed a goal in either of its wins this season, marking the first time the Retrievers have recorded more than one shutout in a season since 2006.
Kell Honored: Freshman midfielder Danielle Kell (Willards, Md./Parkside) was named America East Co-Rookie of the Week on Sept. 29 after scoring the game-winning goal against Maine. She becomes the third Retriever in the last two seasons to garner the nod, as teammates Morgan Warrington (Magnolia, Del./St. Thomas Moore Prep) and Ashley Singer (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) both earned the accolade last season.
Super Soph: Warrington has scored two of UMBC’s four 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 20 shots on the year. The 2007 America East All-Rookie Team selection now has five goals and 11 points in her young career.
First Time for Everything: The Retrievers’ victory over Maine on Sept. 28 was their first-ever win over the Black Bears in seven meetings. It also marked UMBC’s first triumph in a conference opener since joining the America East in 2003.
America East Ranks: Freshman goalie Mo Van Vlerah (Boyds, Md./Northwest) is currently sixth in the America East with 5.8 saves per game, while Bacinski ranks ninth with 5.00. Bacinski also ranks sixth in the league in shutouts (2) and 10th in save percentage (.714) and saves (40). As a team, the Retrievers share fourth place in the conference in saves (82) and rank sixth in shutouts (2).