BURLINGTON, Vt. Sophomore Amy Cochran scored the game-winning goal with four minutes remaining to lift the University of Vermont past visiting UMBC, 2-1, in America East women¹s soccer action on Friday.
Vermont (8-8-1, 3-4-0 America East) held a 9-3 advantage in shots in the first half, but couldn¹t find the back of the net until the 29th minute. Senior Kate Moran put together a give-and-go with Cochran at the top of the box and Moran finished off the return pass from eight yards out to give UVM a 1-0 lead. The Catamounts would take the lead into the locker room.
UMBC (7-8-0, 2-4-0 America East) came out with more fire than Vermont to start the second half and quickly evened the score, 1-1. The Retrievers forced a corner kick to open the action. Amy Morrison¹s serve was headed out to the top of the box by a UVM defender, but JJ Golibart was there to pick up the loose ball and buried a shot from 15 yards out to tie the game up at the 46:25 mark.
Vermont picked up the pace as Cassandra VanLeeuwen hit the post twice and Victoria Felis' point blank range shot was snuffed out by an outstanding save from UMBC goalkeeper Robin Babaris. With 13 minutes remaining in the contest, the Retrievers were awarded two direct kicks within two minutes of each other at the top of the penalty box, but couldn¹t take advantage of the opportunity.
The Catamounts made the most of their free kick opportunity with four minutes left in the game. Steph Mead sent the direct kick from the midfield circle into the box and found VanLeeuwen. She flicked the ball onto Cochran who was able to push the ball across the goal line past the outstretched arm of Babaris for the game-winner.
With five seconds remaining in regulation, Retriever forward Kelly Fiorani took a final shot, which found its way into the Catamounts' goal. However, a foul was called by the referees, disallowing the score.
"Our team started off slow in the first half, but came out determined after the break," said UMBC Head Coach Michelle Salmon. "I was very proud of our second half performance because after Vermont's second goal, they still never gave up. It's very unfortunate to see a team work so hard and fall in the final minutes."
Vermont finished the game with an 18-9 advantage in shots. Freshman Elana Cockburn posted her first career victory in her first career start in the Vermont net. She finished the game with two saves, while Babaris posted three stops in the UMBC net.