WOMEN’S SOCCER DROPS SEASON OPENER TO RIDER, 3-2

Freshman Shana Herman scored a goal with just 8:04 remaining in regulation to lead Rider (1-0) to a 3-2 victory over UMBC (0-1) in the season opener for both teams this afternoon at the UMBC Soccer Stadium.

The Broncs scored the first goal of the day when senior Stephanie Best found classmate Tami Coyle, who shot the ball past Retriever goalkeeper Robin Babaris in the 15th minute. UMBC would tie the game at 40:37, when freshman Jessica Young pushed the ball up to classmate Nicole Johnson. Johnson then broke away to give UMBC its first goal of the season.

The score remained knotted at one until Young had a breakaway of her own 28:04 into the second period. However, the Retrievers' lead was short-lived as Best knocked in the second Rider goal just a minute and 32 seconds later. The game was tied at two until Herman scored the winning goal.

For the game, Rider outshot UMBC, 16-9, and had more corner kicks, 10-3. Bronc goalkeeper Kim Carter made four saves at the Rider net, while Babaris had seven for UMBC.

The Retrievers return to action on Friday, September 3, when they host Marist at 4 p.m.