Women’s Soccer Hosts Navy Under the Lights Wednesday Evening

Sophomore Shannon McGuinness
Sophomore Shannon McGuinness

BALTIMORE—The UMBC women's soccer team (0-8-0) concludes its non-conference slate Wednesday against in-state rival Navy at 7 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park. Following the match against the Midshipmen, the Retrievers will prepare to open America East Conference play against Hartford (7-1-0) on Sunday afternoon.

Last Time Out: The Retrievers fell to VMI by a score of 2-0 on Friday. UMBC sophomore goalie Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) recorded one save in net for UMBC, but VMI's  Sarah Putney and Sarah Strand managed to find the back of the net to secure a 2-0 win. The Retrievers outshot the Keydets, 14-6, including 8-0 in the second half, but VMI goalieAmanda Berrios halted five shots to defend the shutout.

Scouting the Midshipmen:  At 6-3-1 on the season, Navy comes to UMBC after a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Monmouth on Monday. The Mids have won five of their last six games, with the only loss a heartbreaking overtime defeat at the hands of Miami. Freshman forward Caprice Kelty scored both goals against Monmouth, including the game-winner in the 104th minute. Navy's third-place ranking in the Patriot League can be directly linked to their depth, as nine different players have scored a goal during the 2011 season. Sophomore forward Paloma Perez leads the Midshipmen with three goals and seven points, while Kelty has also tallied three times. Sophomore goalkeeper Alexes Lopez-Shaw has made 40 saves on the season and posts an impressive 0.85 goals-against average and a .816 save percentage. Shaw's seven saves helped secure the win against Monmouth.

Inside the Series: Navy holds a 6-3-0 advantage in the all-time series, which dates to 1988, and the Mids have won six in a row. The teams have not met since 2008, a 2-0 victory for the host Midshipmen. Shelly Moeller and Brittany White each scored for Navy. UMBC goalie Mo Van Vlerah (Germantown, Md./Northwest) recorded five saves in net, while Lizzie Barnes and Beth Reed each stopped one shot in 45 minutes for Navy.

Saving the Day: Van Vlerah ranks seventh all-time at UMBC with 159 career saves, two shy of Catie Bukowski for sixth place. In addition, Kadet is ninth with 139. Kadet ranks third in the America East with 5.17 saves per game this season.

Dawg Bites: Sophomore midfielder Amy Savage (Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier) leads the Retrievers with five points this season, and she is tied for ninth in the America East with 0.62 points per game. In addition, she is tied with junior forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) for the team lead with two goals apiece, also tied for the ninth-best total in the conference.

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