UMBC will try to end its losing streak at three when they host America East rival Binghamton on Friday, October 8, at 4 p.m., before playing their last non-conference game for the season against Pittsburgh on Sunday, October 10, at 1 p.m. at the UMBC Soccer Stadium. The Retrievers, who dropped both league contests last week to Maine and New Hampshire by scores of 1-0 and 3-0, respectively, are currently 4-6-0 on the year, and 0-2-0 in the America East.
Binghamton (6-1-1, 0-0-0 America East) went 2-0 last week with wins over St. Peter's and Canisius, extending the team's unbeaten streak to five games. The Bearcats outshot its two MAAC foes by a combined 52-12 and outscored them by a 9-1 count. Binghamton is off to the program's best start in eight years and is now 18-7-2 in non-conference games dating back to 2002. Freshman forward Kim Povill collected two goals and two assists against St. Peter's and leads the team with 11 points in eight games, while senior midfielder Caitlin O'Shaughnessy added a goal and two assists for the week and now has a team-high four assists. The team's 18 goals (2.25 per game) this season have been scored by 10 different players.
Pittsburgh (4-5-1, 1-3-1 Big East) fell to No. 20 West Virginia, 6-1, on Wednesday night. The Panthers' lone goal was scored by Cara Senger, who received the ball at the top of the penalty box and took a shot that flew over the defenders and was just out of reach for the WVU goalkeeper. Currently, Pittsburgh is led in scoring by Kristina Francois, who has three goals and three assists for nine points. Goalkeeper Jamie Pelusi has made 56 saves (.767 save pct.) and allowed 17 goals (1.67 GAA) in 914:14 minutes of play.