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Women’s Soccer Readies for Albany, Binghamton This Week
Second-year head coach Alyssa Radu
BALTIMORE–Coming off a big win over America East rival
Last Time Out: Freshman forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) scored her first career goal and sophomore goalkeeper Mo Van Vlerah (Ijamsville, Md./Northwest) recorded her first career shutout as the Retrievers downed Hartford, 1-0, for their first conference win of the season Sunday afternoon at UMBC Soccer Stadium. The Hawks held a 23-7 shot advantage, but a strong defensive effort that included Van Vlerah’s seven saves lifted UMBC to victory. It was UMBC’s first shutout since a 1-0 victory over
On The Great Danes: Coming off a 3-0 loss to
The Series: UMBC leads the all-time series with the Great Danes, 5-1, including last season’s 4-3 Retriever victory in
On The Bearcats: Binghamton is coming off back-to-back 1-0 victories over America East opponents that propelled the Bearcats into third place in the conference standings, despite ranking eighth in scoring… Freshman midfielder Emily Pape is the reigning America East Rookie of the Week after scoring the game-winner in both victories… Freshman forward Jamie Holliday leads the Bearcats in scoring with eight points and is tied with Pape for the team lead in goals with three apiece… With goalies Erin Iman and Jen McEachron splitting time in the net this season, Binghamton has allowed just one goal per game, ranking second in the conference… McEachron owns the better GAA at 0.83, which ranks second in the league, while Iman’s .854 save percentage is tops and also ranks second in the conference…
The Series: UMBC trails
First Time for Everything: UMBC experienced a number of firsts on Sunday against
First Time for Everything, Part II: In addition to McKee, a number of Retrievers have picked up their first career goals this season. Freshman midfielder Katie Gitlin’s (
Spreading the Wealth: Nine different players have scored for UMBC this season, the most since 12 Retrievers found the back of the net in 2004. The Retrievers are led by sophomore midfielder Danielle Kell (Willards, Md./Parkside) and junior midfielder Sandra Vacarino (Mantua, N.J./Clearview Regional), who each have six points on two goals and two assists.
Underclassmen on Top: Of UMBC’s 39 goals since 2007, 31 have been scored by underclassmen, including 21 by freshmen. Both of the Retrievers’ game-winners this season have been scored by rookies in Gazarek and McKee.
Saving the Day: Van Vlerah ranks third in the America East with 83 saves and 6.38 saves per game this season. She stopped a career-high 14 shots at George Mason on Sept. 22.
Offensive Outburst: After scoring just two goals through the first eight games of the season, the Retrievers tallied nine in two contests against
Vacarino Vanquishes: Vacarino scored the first two goals of the game against the Catamounts, then added an assist on the final tally to finish with five points. It was the first multi-goal game for a Retriever since Morgan Warrington scored twice at
Extra, Extra: The Retrievers’ double-overtime tie with George Washington on Sept. 18 was their first overtime game since Oct. 7, 2007, at
Shaping Up the Conference: Through three weeks of conference play, Boston University sits atop the America East standings at 5-0-0 (15 points), followed closely by Stony Brook at 4-0-1 (13 points), while Binghamton (3-2-0) has also separated itself from the pack with nine points. The remaining six teams are separated by just four points, led by
Up Next: The Retrievers will face