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Women’s Soccer Looks to Continue Momentum Versus St. Joseph’s and Drexel
BALTIMORE – The UMBC women’s soccer team looks to build momentum off of Sunday’s 2-1 victory against American, as it takes on St. Joseph’s and Drexel over the weekend. The black and gold will travel to Philadelphia on Friday, Aug. 30 for a 7:30 p.m. matchup versus the Hawks at Sweeney Field, before returning home for a UMBC soccer doubleheader on Sunday, Sept. 1 at the Retriever Soccer Park. The men open up the afternoon taking on UNLV at 1 p.m., followed by the women battling Drexel at 4 p.m.
Live video is available for purchase for Friday night’s game at St. Joseph’s, while live stats and video are free of charge for Sunday’s contest against the Dragons.
UMBC (1-1) split on its opening weekend of action, falling, 1-0, to Mount St. Mary’s on Friday and pulling off the 2-1 victory over American on Sunday afternoon. Junior forward Lilly Rydon (Stirling, South Australia) helped the Retrievers to a big second half by assisting freshman forward Amanda Dailey’s (Howell, N.J./Freehold Township/Monmouth) go-ahead goal and scoring the eventual game-winner for her first career goal.
Senior goalkeeper Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) once again looked outstanding in net, averaging six stops per game over the weekend. Kadet continues her quest of becoming the program’s all-time leader in saves, entering this weekend 20 saves shy of the feat.
St. Joseph’s (1-0-1) is unbeaten through two games, defeating LIU Brooklyn on Friday night, 1-0, and following with a scoreless affair in Sunday’s double overtime tie versus Hartford. The Hawks are outshooting opponents, 34-17, through two games, but have capitalized on just one.
Freshman midfielder Meghan Dipippa has the lone goal for SJU, coming off a free kick from senior midfielder Mo Hawkins in the second half against the Blackbirds. Senior goalkeeper Lauren Jancuska has posted back-to-back shutouts, making five saves in 200 minutes of action.
Drexel, which hosts Villanova on Friday, also finished its opening weekend with a 1-1 record, dropping a 1-0 decision to Rutgers on Friday and outlasting Marist in a 2-1 double overtime victory on Monday night. Junior midfielder Alyssa Findlay’s goal off a Civanni Moss corner kick with 1:35 remaining in the second overtime gave the Dragons its first win of the season.
DU was picked to finish fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Coaches’ Poll after returning three all-conference selections from a year ago, including the CAA Defensive Player of the Year in goalkeeper Eve Badana. Melissa Champman and Sam Greenfield also return to the Dragons’ backline.
UMBC senior goalkeeper Lauren Kadet is 20 saves away from becoming the squad’s all-time leader, after averaging 6.5 stops per game throughout her career. She looks to surpass Nadine Henchcliffe (339) (1993-95).
The Retrievers look for their first victory against both of their opponents. UMBC dropped its only meeting against St. Joseph’s on Sept. 14, 2011, a 2-1 decision. The Retrievers are winless in four all-time meetings against Drexel, including last season’s 1-0 loss on Aug. 27.