Women’s Soccer Heads to Maine on Sunday

Sophomore Stephanie Smith
Sophomore Stephanie Smith


BALTIMORE—After a week off, the UMBC women's soccer team (0-10-2, 0-2-1 AE) heads north for its lone game this week, as it visits America East rival Maine on Sunday afternoon. Kickoff at Alumni Field is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Last Time Out: Junior forward Rachel McKee (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) scored twice, and the Retrievers led with less than 14 minutes left, but Vermont rallied back and forced a 2-2 draw last Sunday at Retriever Soccer Park. The Catamounts struck first in the 14th minute, but McKee tied it up six minutes later when she finished a cross from junior forward Sarah Kopytko (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North). McKee then scored on a free kick late in the first half to give UMBC a 2-1 lead, which lasted until Vermont found the equalizer in the 77th minute. Neither team could score in either overtime session, and the game ended in a 2-2 deadlock, with each team earning a point in the America East standings.

Scouting the Black Bears: Maine is 3-5-1 on the season and 0-3-0 in America East play following a 3-1 loss at Vermont on Thursday, its fourth loss in a row.  Midfielder Nikki Misener scored the lone goal for the Black Bears. Forward Carolyne Nellis leads Maine with four goals and eight points this season, while forward Jordan Pellerin is tops with three assists. Goalie Meagan Price-Leibenzeder has played all 902 minutes between the pipes for the Black Bears and boasts a 1.47 goals-against average and a .758 save percentage. Maine, which was picked to finish in a tie for third place in the America East preseason poll, ranks last in the league in shots per game (8.20).

Inside the Series: Maine has won eight of nine all-time meetings between the two teams, with UMBC's lone win occurring in 2008, a 1-0 victory in Baltimore. Last season, the Black Bears defeated the Retrievers, 1-0, in Baltimore. Forward Courtney Harnais found the back of the net just 31 seconds into the game off a feed from Misener.

Twice as Nice: McKee's two-goal effort against Vermont last Sunday was the first multi-goal game by a Retriever since Sandra Vacarino scored twice against New Hampshire on Oct. 22, 2009. In addition, UMBC scored two goals in a game for the first time since a 2-0 win over Vermont on Sept. 26, 2010.

McKee's the Key: McKee leads the Retrievers with five goals and 10 points this season, the most by a Retriever since Morgan Warrington scored five goals and 11 points in 2008. She is tied for third in the America East with 0.45 goals per game, and she ranks fifth with 0.91 points per contest. In addition, she has averaged 3.18 shots per game, the third-most in the conference. Moreover, three of McKee's five goals this season have come against America East opponents, tied for the most in the league.

Saving the Day: Kadet ranks second in the America East with 5.90 saves per game this season. She posted a career-high 12 saves against Hartford on Sept. 25, stopping nine shots in the first half alone. The 12 saves were the most by a Retriever since senior Mo Van Vlerah (Germantown, Md./Northwest) stopped 14 shots at George Mason on Sept. 22, 2009. Kadet now ranks sixth all-time at UMBC with 167 career saves, while Van Vlerah is eighth with 160.

Clean Slate: UMBC's 0-0 tie against Navy on Sept. 21 was its first shutout since defeating Vermont, 2-0, on Sept. 26, 2010, and it was the second shutout of Kadet's career.

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