The UMBC women's soccer team (3-3-0) will take on two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents this weekend, taking on local rival Loyola and Rider on the road. The Retrievers will face Loyola Friday at 3 p.m. on the campus of the College of Notre Dame before traveling to Lawrenceville, N.J. to take on Rider at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
A Look Ahead
Friday, Sept. 16 – UMBC at Loyola, 3 p.m., at the College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, Md.: Ranked sixth in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Greyhounds (3-3-0) posted a 2-1 mark last week with a 3-1 win over Georgetown on Monday, a 2-0 loss to nationally ranked Florida on Friday and a 1-0 win over Central Florida on Sunday. Sophomore forward Ty Glenn leads Loyola with eight points (2 goals, 4 assists), while senior forward Ali Andrzejewski is tops on the team with three goals. Freshman goalie Amanda Piccirilli has started the last three games, allowing only three goals and recording nine saves for a 1.00 GAA and .750 save percentage. Junior Carolyn Kennington was named MAAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week last week after scoring two goals, including the game-winner, against Georgetown. Loyola and UMBC have not met since 2001, when they tied, 1-1, at Loyola. The all-time series is tied at 1-1-1.
Sunday, Sept. 18 – UMBC at Rider, 1 p.m., Rider Campus Soccer Field, Lawrenceville, N.J.: The Broncs (0-4-1) are coming off a 1-0 double-overtime loss to UMBC's America East rival Maine and will host High Point on Friday before facing the Retrievers on Sunday. Aileen Ascolese, Brittney Smith and Stephanie Madden are tied for the team lead with one goal and two points apiece. Goalie Kim Carter has registered 26 saves while allowing eight goals for a 1.47 GAA and .758 save percentage. The Broncs were picked to finish third in the MAAC preseason poll, with senior back Jen Marcella and junior midfielder Kelli Burke selected to the preseason All-MAAC team. Rider defeated UMBC, 3-2, last season. The all-time series is tied at 1-1-0.
Looking Back: Week 3 (2-0)
Friday, Sept. 0 – UMBC 4, St. Peter's 0: Four different Retrievers scored and UMBC shut down St. Peter's offense, as the women's soccer team shut out the Peahens, 4-0, on day one of the UMBC Invitational at UMBC Stadium. Freshman midfielder Kali Schwartz (Congers, N.Y./Clarkstown South) scored the first two goals of her career, while sophomore forward Jessica Young (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) scored her team-leading third goal of the season and sophomore midfielder Amy Morrison (Crofton, Md./South River) added the first of her career. Junior back Mary Hearin (North Potomac, Md./Watkins Mill) recorded her first assist of the season on Schwartz's first goal. The Retrievers out-shot the Peahens, 22-2, including 13-1 in the first half. UMBC freshman goalie Christine Bacinski (Hampstead, Md./Mount de Sales) registered two saves while recording the second shutout of her career.
Sunday, Sept. 11 – UMBC 3, Mount St. Mary's 1: The Retrievers moved back to .500 on the season with a 3-0 shutout of Mount St. Mary's on the second day of the UMBC Invitational at UMBC Stadium. Young got UMBC on the board right out of the gates, scoring her fourth goal of the season just 1:05 in. Junior forward Kelly Fiorani (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) notched her first goal of the year and junior forward Amanda DiCarlo (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada/St. Paul's) scored her third of the season. Hearin and Morrison registered assists. Bacinski and freshman Catie Bukowski (Odenton, Md./Arundel/South Carolina) split time between the pipes. Bacinski recorded two saves in the first half, while Bukowski tallied four in the second period in the first game action of her career. The Retrievers recorded their second shutout in as many games. UMBC out-shot Mount St. Mary's, 22-10, and is undefeated in 11 tries against their former Northeast Conference foe.
The Retrievers are 3-3-0 on the season, with wins over George Washington, St. Peter's and Mount St. Mary's 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.
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.
Moving Up the Ranks
With six more wins, Retriever head coach Michelle Salmon will become the winningest women's soccer coach in UMBC history. In her sixth season at the helm, Salmon boasts a career record of 40-47-7. Former Retriever coach Jamie Watson was 46-44-3 in her five years at UMBC.
Senior forward Missy Moore (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) is UMBC's active leader in points and goals scored in her career. She is currently fifth on the Retrievers' all-time scoring list with 59 points and third with 27 goals. Her next targets are Kristen Einarson's 63 points and Erin Lesh's 35 goals.
Player G A Pts.
1. Denise Schilte 55 38 148
2. Erin Lesh 35 17 87
3. Kasy Kruger 23 36 82
4. Kristen Einarson 25 13 63
5. Missy Moore 27 5 59
1. Denise Schilte 55
2. Erin Lesh 35
3. Missy Moore 27
4. Kristen Einarson 25
5. Kasy Kruger 23
Morrison's six career assists leave her one away from the Retrievers' all-time top 10 list. Four players are tied for ninth place with seven assists apiece.
Beast in the America East
Young is tops in the America East with 3.5 shots per game, second with 0.67 goals per game and fourth with 1.33 points per game, while DiCarlo is fourth with 0.60 goals per game and fifth with 1.20 points per game. Morrison is second with 0.50 assists per game. Bacinski is fifth with 0.33 shutouts per game, sixth with a 1.08 GAA and seventh with 5.33 saves per game. As a team, the Retrievers lead the conference with 1.57 points per game and 1.83 shots per game. UMBC ranks third with 12.50 shots per game, 1.00 assists per game and 0.50 shutouts per game, and is fourth with a 0.99 team GAA.
Young scored twice this weekend, including the game-winner against the Mount, and leads the Retrievers with four goals and eight points…Schwartz scored the first two goals of her career in the victory over St. Peter's, including the game-winner…Morrison scored the first goal of her career against St. Peter's and added her team-leading third assist of the season against Mount St. Mary's. She has a career-high five points, surpassing her 2004 total of three…Bacinski recorded the second shutout of her career against St. Peter's and has tallied 32 saves on the season, with a 1.07 GAA and .842 save percentage…DiCarlo is second on the team with three goals and six points. All three of her goals have come on assists from Morrison.