Women’s Soccer Opens America East Play at New Hampshire

Amira Walcott and the UMBC defense played tough against a strong VCU offense last Friday
Amira Walcott and the UMBC defense played tough against a strong VCU offense last Friday

BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's soccer team looks to begin its quest for its first America East Tournament appearance since 2005 as the Retrievers kick-off league action on Sunday, Sept. 23, when they travel to New Hampshire to take on the Wildcats at 2 p.m. inside Bremmer Field. The contest marks the first conference game under first-year UMBC head coach Leslie Wray.

The black and gold (1-6-2) return to action after a week off following a 0-0 double-overtime tie at VCU to close out its non-conference play last Friday. UMBC's defense had a stellar outing, including two big saves during extra time from junior goalkeeper Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas). Kadet, who earned the fourth shutout of her career in the tie, entered the week ranking atop of the America East in total saves (58), in addition to ranking 11th nationally.

New Hampshire, which was picked to finish fourth in the league in the preseason coaches' poll, return home for just the second time this season when they welcome the Retrievers on Sunday. The Wildcats (2-6-1) snapped a seven-game winless streak with Wednesday's 2-1 overtime victory against Holy Cross. Senior midfielder Allie Coppenrath picked up her first goal of the season, the game-winner, in the 99th minute of play.

Freshman midfielder Kirstyn Corder, the reigning America East Rookie of the Week, notched her team-leading third goal of the season in the win. She ranks fourth in the conference in points with nine.    

UNH holds a 7-1-1 advantage in the all-time series against UMBC. A 1-1 draw last season snapped the Retrievers' seven-game losing streak versus the Wildcats.

Live stats and video of Sunday's game can be found on www.umbcretrievers.com.