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Strong First Half Lifts Retrievers to 4-1 Win Over Delaware State in Season Opener
Sandra Vacarino tallied three points in the season opener.
BALTIMORE—The UMBC women’s soccer team (1-0) scored four goals in the first half, including two in the first 10 minutes, and defeated
In the sixth minute, junior back Kelsi Morris (
Then at the 9:30 mark, Vacarino headed sophomore back Katie Gitlin’s (
The score remained the same for 25 minutes, before freshman forward Amy Savage (
Just 58 seconds later, freshman midfielder Nicole Clark (
"We started the game well and dictated play," head coach Alyssa Radu said. "When we moved the ball we were able to create opportunities and finished some solid goals."
The four goals were the most the Retrievers have scored in a half since Sept. 22, 2002, when they tallied seven times in the opening period, also against
While UMBC outshot
The Hornets scored their lone goal early in the 58th minute, as Randall Simon converted a corner kick from Theresa Wappett.
UMBC junior goalie Mo Van Vlerah (
Vacarino, the America East Player of the Game, finished with three points on the day with a goal and an assist. She is UMBC’s active career scoring leader with seven goals and 18 points.
"It was great to get out and start the season," Radu said. "We were excited and ready. The girls worked very hard to prepare, and I thought they played well and deserved to win. It's early in the season, and we know our season is not one game long. We know we have better soccer in us."
The win was the first for the Retrievers in a season opener since 1998, when they defeated Howard, 3-0.
The Retrievers return to action on Sunday when they play the first of four straight road games at Drexel at 1 p.m.
NOTES: The four goals were the most the Retrievers have scored in a game since a 6-5 loss to