Amy Savage gave the Retrievers a 1-0 lead early in the second half.
BALTIMORE—Freshman forward Amy Savage (Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier) tallied her first career goal early in the second half, but Delaware (4-1-0) countered with back-to-back goals in a two-minute span and held on down the stretch to defeat UMBC (1-4-1) by a score of 2-1 Wednesday evening at the UMBC Soccer Stadium.
The teams played to a scoreless draw through the first half despite several good opportunities for the Retrievers. Just 30 seconds into the game, sophomore forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) launched a shot that went just inches over the crossbar. Then in the 19th minute, Delaware keeper Breanna Stemler tipped a shot by freshman midfielder Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) over the crossbar, and the Retrievers nearly knocked in the ensuing corner kick, but a Blue Hen defender cleared it away.
Late in the 51st minute, sophomore forward Sarah Kopytko (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) passed the ball to a waiting Savage, who ran past the defense and sent the ball over Stemler’s head as the goalie charged to put UMBC on the board.
Just three minutes later, freshman goalie Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/Sir Thomas Aquinas) made a diving stop to her right to preserve the one-goal lead, but Delaware defender Morgan Warrington sent a long cross to forward Ali Miller, who was wide open inside the box and found the top-right corner of the net to tie the game at the 69:17 mark.
Less than two minutes later, Delaware forward Melissa Pennington sent a cross in the middle of the box to midfielder Anna Lenczyk, who chipped it in to give the Blue Hens their first lead of the game. Miller was also credited with an assist on the play.
Delaware made the 2-1 lead stand, despite a last-second attempt by Savage that went wide just before time expired.
Kadet finished with five saves in the game, while Stemler stopped two shots for the Blue Hens. Delaware outshot the Retrievers, 15-10, and held a 5-4 advantage on corner kicks. Savage, the America East Player of the Game, took a team-best three shots.
The Retrievers return to action next Wednesday, when they host George Mason at 4 p.m.