Washington, D.C.-The UMBC women's soccer team (1-1-0) earned its first victory of the season Sunday afternoon, defeating a regionally ranked George Washington team (0-2-0), 1-0, on the Colonials' home field.
In contrast to Friday's game against Liberty, in which the first half was highlighted by offense, with each team scoring twice, neither UMBC nor George Washington scored in the opening period on Sunday.
But in the game's 70th minute (70:18), junior forward Amanda DiCarlo (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada/St. Paul's) broke the scoreless tie, converting a pass from sophomore midfielder Amy Morrison (Crofton, Md./South River) for the game's only goal. It marked the second time in as many games DiCarlo and Morrison have hooked up for a goal, as the duo was responsible for the Retrievers' first goal in Friday's 3-2 loss to Liberty. The goal was DiCarlo's second on this short season and the assist was Morrison's second. It was also DiCarlo's second career game-winner.
The Colonials out-shot the Retrievers 14-4 and had more corner kicks (6-3), but UMBC freshman goalie Christine Bacinski (Hampstead, Md./Mount de Sales) tallied six saves, equaling her total from Friday's game, and earned her first collegiate shutout in only her second career game. George Washington goalie Anna Handzlik recorded three saves in the defeat.
"Christine really stepped up today," UMBC head coach Michelle Salmon said. "Not only did she control the game, but she came up with big-time saves."
Salmon also noted the strong play by junior Betsy Day (Gloucester, Mass./Gloucester), who had been bothered by a nagging injury going into the Liberty game and did not start, but played a full 90 minutes Sunday against the Colonials.
"Betsy Day absolutely had one of the most inspirational performances of any player I've ever seen in a UMBC uniform," Salmon said. "She really stepped up her game and led us in the back today."
The Retrievers next host American University on Friday, Sept. 2, at 4 p.m. The game will be played at Covenant Park in Ellicott City, Md.
Directions: 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.