BALTIMOREóThe UMBC womenís soccer team (2-13-0, 1-4-0 AEC) travels to Vermont on Thursday to face the Catamounts (2-12-0, 0-4-0 AEC) in an America East Conference showdown. Kick-off is set for 2 p.m. at Centennial Field.
Last Time Out: UMBC sophomore forward Morgan Warrington (Magnolia, Del./St. Thomas Moore Prep) scored an early goal against Stony Brook on Sunday, but it would not be enough as the Seawolves scored two unanswered goals to defeat the Retrievers, 2-1. Freshman midfielder Danielle Kell (Willards, Md./Parkside) was credited with the assist on Warringtonís goal. Goalie Christine Bacinski (Hampstead, Md./Mount de Sales) recorded six saves in the game.
Catamount Quick Facts: Vermont is 2-12-0 on the season, including 0-4-0 in the America East, and is coming off a 3-2 loss to New Hampshire on Sunday. Midfielder Carson Laderoute leads the Catamounts with four and eight points. Goalie Eliza Bradley has played the majority of minutes in front of the net for the Catamounts and has posted a 2.23 goals-against average with 87 saves and 24 goals allowed. As a team, Vermont leads the America East in saves, as Bradley and Jess Rosene have combined to stop 114 shots. The Catamounts have been outscored, 40-13, on the season.
Last Time vs. Vermont: Last October, the Retrievers snapped a nine-game winless streak when they defeated the Catamounts, 2-1, at home. Forward Ashley Singer (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood) converted a cross from classmate Megan McDonald (Wyoming, Pa./Dallas) to put UMBC on the board in the first half. Vermont would answer back, but forward Michelle Worrest (Germantown, Md./Northwest) secured the win in the 75th minute with an over-the-shoulder goal. Bacinski made five saves in the win.
UMBC vs. Vermont All-Time: Vermont holds a 3-2 lead in the all-time series, which dates to 2003, when UMBC joined the America East. Last yearís loss broke the Catamountsí three-game win streak against the Retrievers.
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 Catie Bukowski (Odenton, Md./Arundel/South Carolina) 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: Kell 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 Warrington and Singer both earned the accolade last season.
Super Soph: Warrington has scored three of UMBCís five 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 28 shots on the year. The 2007 America East All-Rookie Team selection now has six goals and 13 points in her young career.
First Time for Everything: The Retrieversí victory over Maine on Sept. 28 was their first-ever win over the Black Bears in seven meetings. It also marked UMBCís first triumph in a conference opener since joining the America East in 2003.