Stony Brook, Vermont on Tap for Women’s Soccer This Week

Junior Sarah Purdum
Junior Sarah Purdum

BALTIMORE—The UMBC women's soccer team (0-9-1, 0-1-0 AE) continues America East Conference play this week, as it travels to Stony Brook on Thursday evening for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Retrievers will then return home to face Vermont on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Last Time Out: The Retrievers dropped their America East opener on Sunday, falling to Hartford, 3-0, at Retriever Soccer Park. Sophomore goalie Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) recorded a career-high 12 saves, including nine in the first half. Hartford goalie Erin Quinlan was able to stop all seven UMBC attempts on goal, as the Hawks outshot the Retrievers, 26-10.

Scouting the Seawolves: Stony Brook (2-8-0, 0-1-0 AE) is coming off a 1-0 loss at Vermont on Sunday in its America East opener. Goalie Chelsea Morales kept the Seawolves in the game with eight saves. Four players have contributed to the scoring the season, including forward Taryn Schoenbeck and midfielderSa'sha Kershaw, who lead the Seawolves with two goals and five points apiece. Morales has played the majority of the minutes between the pipes and has posted a 1.61 goals-against average and a .776 save percentage. She ranks second in the America East with 5.62 saves per game. Stony Brook was picked to finish second in the America East preseason poll after finishing second in the 2010 standings with a 5-2-1 conference mark.

Inside the Series: Stony Brook has won the last five matches against UMBC and leads the all-time series, 8-3, dating to 1990. The Retrievers' last win occurred in 2005, a 3-0 road triumph. Last season, the Seawolves scored two goals in a four-minute span early in the first half to defeat UMBC, 2-0, in Baltimore. Colleen McKenna and Dominique Adamo each scored for Stony Brook. Kadet recorded six saves for the Retrievers, while Morales stopped five shots for the Seawolves, as UMBC outshot Stony Brook, 12-9.

Scouting the Catamounts: Vermont (3-5-3, 1-0-0 AE) is coming off a 1-0 win over Stony Brook and will visit defending America East champion Boston University on Thursday before heading to Retriever Soccer Park to take on UMBC on Sunday. Forward Ellie Mills scored the Catamounts' lone goal against the Seawolves, and goalie Sarah Leiby was credited with one save. Eight different Catamounts have found the back of the net this season, including midfielder Alexandra Dezenzo, who leads the team with five points and is tied with Mills for the team lead with two goals. Leiby has played all but 90 minutes between the pipes for Vermont and has posted a 1.31 goals-against average and a .794 save percentage, the fourth-best mark in the league. The Catamounts, who were picked to finish ninth in the America East preseason poll, have already surpassed last season's win total of two.

Inside the Series: Vermont holds a 5-3-0 advantage in the all-time series, which dates to 2003, when UMBC joined the America East. Last season, the Retrievers defeated the Catamounts, 2-0, in Burlington, Vt., in their America East opener. Nicole Clark and Sandra Vacarino each scored early in the second half, and Kadet made eight saves in her first career shutout. Alyssa Kelly stopped three shots for the Catamounts, who outshot the Retrievers, 12-9. Vermont last defeated UMBC in 2009, a 6-5 win in Baltimore.

Saving the Day: Kadet leads the America East with 6.12 saves per game this season. She posted a career-high 12 saves against Hartford on Sunday, stopping nine shots in the first half alone. She now ranks eighth all-time at UMBC with 158 stops in her career, just two behind seniorMo Van Vlerah (Germantown, Md./Northwest), who is seventh with 160.

Clean Slate: UMBC's 0-0 tie against Navy last Wednesday was its first shutout since defeating Vermont, 2-0, on Sept. 26, 2010, and it was the second shutout of Kadet's career.

Dawg Bites: Sophomore forward Amy Savage (Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier) continues to lead the Retrievers with five points this season, and she is tied with junior forward Rachel McKee(Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) for the team lead with two goals apiece… UMBC's tie with Navy last Wednesday snapped a season-long eight-game losing streak… McKee ranks third in the America East with 2.89 shots per game this season.

Follow the Retrievers: Follow UMBC Athletics on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest news, photos and videos from all your favorite Retriever teams. Be sure to check out the women's soccer team on both Facebook and Twitter, as well. Other ways to keep up with the Retrievers include the UMBC Dawg BlogYouTube and E-newsletters.