Baltimore, Md. – The UMBC Women's Soccer team threw a wrench into who will win the America East Conference regular season title when the Retrievers handed current No. 1 seeded Northeastern (11-5-2, 5-2-1 America East) a 2-1 loss on Thursday afternoon at UMBC Soccer Stadium. The Retrievers (8-9-0, 3-5-0 America East) captured the win with two goals from freshman J.J. Young (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone). Northeastern held the top spot with a half game advantage over Maine heading into the contest.
The Retrievers struck for the first time midway through the first half as Kelly Fiorani (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) sent a ball through the defensive back line and Young broke loose just to the right side of the goal box. Young after taking control lifted a shot past Northeastern goalie Mariel Wilner (Owings Mills, Md./The McDonough School) and back down into the bottom left corner.
The assist by Fiorani was her fifth point in the last five games and her fourth assist of the season as all four of her assists have come in Retriever wins. The Retrievers, who held a 6-4 advantage in shots after the first stanza, took their 1-0 lead in to the break.
UMBC doubled their advantage in the early stages of the second half as Amy Morrison (Crofton, Md./South River) served a corner kick into the middle of the box. Young, setting up on the near post, headed the ball to her back left past all defenders and into the goal for second of the game and team-high sixth goal of the season at the 55:47 mark.
Young, who has five goals and two assists in Retriever wins this year, recorded her second multi-goal game of the year and fourth game with three or more points.
Retriever goal minder Robin Babaris (Ontario, Canada/Sir Oliver Mowat) looked poised to record her fourth shutout of the season before the Huskies changed momentum with a goal at the 77:50 mark.
Jessie Haidamaka (Delta, British Columbia/Seaguam) corralled a ball from Kristin Kowalik (Vikingstad Sweden/Katedralskolan) and sent a shot into the bottom left corner of the net to halve the Retriever lead with just over 12 minutes to play.
The Retrievers, however, fended off the Huskies, who took the final six shots of the game, as Babaris made three saves in the final five minutes of the game.
Babaris finished with seven saves as did Wilner for Northeastern. Northeastern finished with the edge in shots with a 12-11 advantage while UMBC held the advantage in corner kicks at 5-2.
The Retrievers return to action when they host Boston U. on Senior Day on Saturday, Oct. 30. at 1:00 p.m. at UMBC Soccer Stadium.