WOMEN’S SOCCER HOSTS UMBC INVITATIONAL THIS WEEKEND

, Md.-The UMBC women's soccer team (1-3-0) will be in action twice this weekend, hosting St. Peter's, Mount St. Mary's and High Point at the UMBC Invitational. The Mount and the High Point Panthers face off at 5 p.m. Friday before the Retrievers take on the St. Peter's Peahens at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, High Point faces St. Peter's at 10 a.m., and the Retrievers take on Mount St. Mary's at 5 p.m. All four games will be played on the turf at UMBC Stadium. Note the time changes for Sunday's games.

A Look Ahead

Friday, Sept. 9 – UMBC vs. St. Peter's, 7:30 p.m., UMBC Stadium: St. Peter's (0-4-0) is coming off a 1-0 loss to Lafayette on Sept. 4. Jenna Charnley scored the Peahens' only goal of the season in their first game of the season, a 4-1 loss to Quinnipiac. St. Peter's was the preseason pick to finish 10th in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Sunday, Sept. 11 – UMBC vs. Mount St. Mary's, 5 p.m., UMBC Stadium: Mount St. Mary's (2-0-1) is off to the best start in school history. The Mount is coming off a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over American on Sept. 6, just four days after the same Eagles defeated the Retrievers, 2-1. Freshman midfielder Meghan Haspert was named the Brine/Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week for the week ending Sept. 5, as she recorded a hat trick in her first collegiate game. Former Northeast Conference foes, UMBC and Mount St. Mary's have faced off five of the last six years, with the Retrievers winning all five contests by a combined score of 15-4. UMBC won last year's match-up, 2-0.

Looking Back: Week 2 (0-2)

Sept. 2 – American 2, UMBC 1: Despite an early goal from sophomore forward Jessica Young (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone), the Retrievers lost to American, 2-1, as Eagles' midfielder Marcela Ricupero scored two unanswered goals. UMBC jumped out of the gate strong, as Young scored her second goal of the season on a breakaway just 1:58 into the game. Despite heavy pressure from American's offense, UMBC held a 1-0 lead for more than 30 minutes, thanks in part to clutch saves by freshman goalkeeper Christine Bacinski (Hampstead, Md./Mount de Sales). She set a new career high with eight saves, and she had tied her previous career high of six by the end of the first half.

Sept. 4 – Radford 1, UMBC 0, OT: The Retrievers dropped a 1-0 overtime heartbreaker to the Highlanders on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University when Radford midfielder Lisa Channon scored from 12 yards out 8:41 into the extra period. Bacinski matched her career high with eight saves.

Season Recap

The Retrievers are 1-3-0 on the season, with a win over George Washington and losses to Liberty, American and Radford.

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 Young 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. Bacinski 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.

Dawg Bites

DiCarlo and Young lead the Retrievers with two goals apiece…Morrison leads the team with two assists and is one away from equaling her 2003 total of three…Both of DiCarlo's goals have come on assists from Morrison…Young, an America East All-Rookie Team selection in 2004, led the Retrievers in goals (6), shots (57) and points (16) and tied for the lead in assists (4) last season…Bacinski has tallied 28 saves in four games, with a 1.46 GAA and .824 save percentage. She is the first true freshman to start between the pipes for the Retrievers since Robin Babaris in 2002. Babaris, who will sit out the 2005 season with a knee injury, was named an All-Conference Honorable Mention last year, registering 79 saves while allowing only 27 goals and posting three shutouts.