UMBC/Stony Brook LiveStats
BALTIMORE—After a two-game road trip, the UMBC women’s soccer team (2-12-0, 1-3-0 AEC) returns home this weekend to host America East Conference rival Stony Brook (6-6-0, 2-1-0 AEC) Sunday afternoon at UMBC Soccer Stadium. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.
Last Time Out: The Retrievers were shut out for the 10th time this season in a 3-0 loss at New Hampshire on Thursday. UMBC controlled the last 20 minutes of the game and outshot the Wildcats, 10-8, in the second half while holding a 7-2 advantage on corner kicks in the match. Senior goalie Christine Bacinski (Hampstead, Md./Mount de Sales) recorded four saves while splitting time with freshman Mo Van Vlerah (Boyds, Md./Northwest), who stopped the only shot she faced after coming in midway through the second half.
Seawolves’ Story: Stony Brook is 6-6-0 on the season, including 2-1-0 in America East Conference action. The Seawolves are coming off a 1-0 home victory over Vermont on Thursday. Midfielder Colleen McKenna has scored a team-high four goals and nine points, while forward Brooke Barbuto leads the team with three assists. McKenna leads the America East with 1.29 points per game and 0.57 goals per contest. Goalie Marissa Viola has posted a 1.41 goals-against average and an .848 save percentage while stopping 78 shots. She ranks second in the league with 7.8 saves per game. The Seawolves were picked to finish third in the America East preseason poll.
Last Time vs. Stony Brook: The host Seawolves scored three second-half goals to defeat the Retrievers, 3-0, last season. Barbuto notched the eventual game-winner just over a minute into the second period. UMBC keeper Catie Bukowski (Odenton, Md./Arundel/South Carolina) made four saves while Viola stopped one shot in the shutout for Stony Brook.
UMBC vs. Stony Brook All-Time: The Seawolves hold a 5-3 lead in the all-time series, which dates to 1990. Stony Brook has won three of five America East games since 2003, including the last two.
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 24 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.