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Women’s Soccer Wraps Up Road Trip Sunday at Towson
Freshman Aly Gazarek
Last Time Out: The Retrievers held host Bucknell scoreless for more than 85 minutes, but the Bison tallied twice in the final five ticks for a 2-1 victory on Wednesday. The teams were locked in a scoreless battle through halftime, but UMBC finally cracked the scoreboard on an own-goal in the 55th minute. But Bucknell rallied back with a goal early in the 86th frame and another just three minutes later. Sophomore goalie Mo Van Vlerah (Ijamsville, Md./Northwest) was stellar in goal, turning away a season-high seven shots.
The Series: UMBC leads the all-time series, 6-4-0, but
Road Swing: The Retrievers play their first four games of the season on the road, where they have won just two games since 2006. All four games are home openers for their opponents. UMBC does not play at home until Friday, Sept. 18, against George Washington. That game will be played under the lights of UMBC Stadium. The Retrievers’ first game on the Bermuda grass at UMBC Soccer Stadium is Thursday, Sept. 24, against VMI.
Dawg Bites: Van Vlerah has made 17 saves in three games, including a season-high seven at Bucknell on Wednesday… Freshman forward Rachel McKee (
Up Next: The Retrievers have nearly two weeks off before playing their first home game on Friday, Sept. 18, when they host regional rival George Washington at UMBC Stadium.