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Women’s Soccer Battles For Seeding In Regular Season Finale Versus New Hampshire
BALTIMORE – The UMBC women’s soccer team looks to knock off New Hampshire on Sunday, Oct. 27 as it hosts the Wildcats on Senior Day at Retriever Soccer Park in the final day of the regular season. The Retrievers enter the contest second in the America East standings and still have a chance for the regular season crown with a victory and a Maine loss. Game time is set for 1 p.m., with the Retrievers’ two seniors being honored prior to first kick.
The Retrievers have posted one of the top turnarounds in the country over the past year, going from a .206 winning percentage in 2012 to a .647 winning percentage in 2013, a difference of .441 percent. The turnaround ranks third in the nation behind only UAB (.551) and Cornell (.479).
UMBC (10-5-2, 5-2-0 AE) is destined for its highest AEC finish ever after clinching a top-three seed with Thursday night’s 2-1 come-from-behind victory against Hartford. The Retrievers hit double-digit wins for the first time since 2001 and reached five victories in conference for the first time since joining the league in 2003.
Red-shirt junior midfielder Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) ignited the Retrievers’ comeback, scoring the equalizer on a header with 3:25 left in the contest versus the Hawks. Brown ranks second on the team and fourth in the conference in goals (six). Rookie forward Amanda Dailey (Howell, N.J./Freehold Township/Monmouth) sent home the first game-winner of her career with one minute remaining to give UMBC the victory over then-first place Hartford.
Sophomore forward Alexa Quaranta has a team-leading seven goals on the year, ranking third in the league, and is three shots away from entering into UMBC’s top-10 in single season shots.
With nine points on the year, New Hampshire (4-7-6, 2-2-3 AE) needs a win or a loss by Vermont to clinch a spot in the America East Championship.
UNH took a 1-0 lead over Stony Brook on Thursday night with Kirsten O’Neil’s team-leading fourth goal of the year, but the Seawolves scored three unanswered to take the 3-1 victory and hand the Wildcats their second straight loss.
O’Neil has 12 points on the season, adding a squad-best four assists to her four goals. Meghan Ledwith is the only other Wildcat with multiple goals, tallying six points on two goals and two assists. Goalkeepers Mimi Borkan and Erica Correa have each seen action in net this season. Borkan has stopped 69 shots in 14 appearances and is allowing 0.79 goals per contest, ranking third in the league.
-UMBC trails the all-time series versus New Hampshire, 1-8-1.
-The Retrievers picked up a 1-1 double overtime draw against the Wildcats in 2011, but feel to UNH, 2-1 a year ago.