WOMEN’S SOCCER PREPARES FOR AMERICAN, RADFORD THIS WEEKEND

Baltimore, Md.-The UMBC women's soccer team will be in action twice this weekend, hosting American Friday at 4 p.m. at Covenant Park in Ellicott City, Md., before traveling to Radford, Va., Sunday to take on Radford at 1 p.m. The Retrievers (1-1-0) are coming off their first weekend of the season, in which they split games with Liberty and George Washington.

A Look Ahead

Friday, Sept. 2 – UMBC vs. American, 4 p.m., Covenant Park, Ellicott City, Md.: American (0-2-0) suffered two home losses in its first weekend of play, falling to Virginia Tech, 1-0, and George Mason, 3-0. Goalie Alison Doyle tallied 17 saves on the weekend. The Eagles were picked to finish third in the Patriot League this season after earning the third seed in the 2004 conference tournament with an overall record of 11-6-2. UMBC has not faced American since 2002, with the Eagles winning the contest, 4-1. Friday's game will be played at Covenant Park in Ellicott City, Md.

Directions to Covenant Park: From the North: I-95 South to Rt. 100 West (Exit 43B, Ellicott City) to Rt. 29 South to Rt. 108 West (Exit 21B, Clarksville). Turn right onto Centennial Lane, Covenant Park is located on the right. From the South: I-95 North to Rt. 32 West (Exit 38B, Columbia) to Rt. 29 North (Exit 16A, Columbia Town Center) to Rt. 108 West (Exit 21B, Clarksville). Turn right onto Centennial Lane, Covenant Park is located on the right.

Sunday, Sept. 4 – UMBC at Radford, 1 p.m.: Radford (0-2-0) suffered two road losses in its first weekend of play, falling to Old Dominion, 3-1, and Longwood, 3-2. With the score tied, 1-1, since the 30:00 mark, Old Dominion tallied twice in the 89th minute to hand the Highlanders a heart-breaking defeat. It is the first time Radford has lost its first two games of the season since 1996. The Highlanders, chosen to finish third in their conference after taking the third seed in the 2004 league tournament with a 10-6-3 overall record, are UMBC's second Big South opponent of the season, following Liberty in the season opener.

Looking Back: Week 1 (1-1-0)

Aug. 26 - Liberty 3, UMBC 2: The Retrievers dropped their season opener to Liberty, 3-2. Forwards Amanda DiCarlo (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada/St. Paul's) and Jessica Young (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) each scored for UMBC, with midfielders Amy Morrison (Crofton, Md./South River) and Cara Palmer (Odenton, Md.) registering assists. The teams scored four goals combined in the first half, taking a 2-2 tie into halftime, but neither scored again until the 80:17 mark, when Liberty's Sarah Davis knocked in the game-winner. Freshman goalkeeper Christine Bacinski (Hampstead, Md./Mount de Sales), the first true freshman to start at goalie for UMBC since Robin Babaris in 2002, played all 90 minutes in the net and tallied six saves in her first collegiate game.

Aug. 28 – UMBC 1, George Washington 0: The Retrievers earned their first victory of the season, defeating a regionally ranked George Washington team on the Colonials' home field. The teams took a scoreless tie into halftime, but DiCarlo struck again in the game's 70th minute, converting a pass from Morrison for the game's only goal. It was the second time in as many games DiCarlo and Morrison hooked up for a goal, as the duo was responsible for UMBC's first goal of the season on Friday. Bacinski tallied six saves, equaling her total from Friday's game, and earned her first collegiate shutout in only her second career game.