Women’s Soccer Hosts a Pair of Bison Squads Over the Weekend, In Howard and Bucknell

Kowalski with her first collegiate goal
Kowalski with her first collegiate goal

BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer opens up a three-game home stand over the weekend with a pair of matchups against Bison squads. The black and gold kick-off the weekend versus the Howard Bison on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park and wrap things up with a 1 p.m. matchup against the Bucknell Bison on Sunday, Sept. 15, where all Retriever fans will receive free admittance to the game. Live video and stats are available for both contests at www.UMBCRetrievers.com.

UMBC (2-2-2) is unbeaten in its last two games, having picked up a 2-1 victory against Robert Morris last Friday and following with a 1-1 double overtime draw versus cross-town rival Loyola on Tuesday. The Retrievers have continued to be a second-half team, scoring all five of their goals on the season during the second frame, including Tuesday's game-tying goal in the 71st minute from freshman forward Victoria Burress (Bristow, Va./Patriot).

With her first collegiate goal, Burress became the fifth different Retriever to find the back of the net in 2013, while junior back Morgan Taylor (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) added her first career point with an assist on the play, representing the seventh Retriever to tally a point on the year. Junior forward Lilly Rydon (Stirling, South Australia/Concordia College) leads the team with four points (one goal and two assists) and is tied for second in the America East in assists.  

Senior goalkeeper Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) has seen all the action in between the pipes for the Retrievers in 2013. The captain is allowing 1.09 goals per game and has tallied 22 saves on the year.

Howard (2-2-1) has won two of its last three games, including Sunday's 1-0 win versus Robert Morris. Despite being outshot, 19-6, during the contest, senior midfielder Owyn Manson scored the game-winner in her first game back from injury. The Bison are being outshot, 89-26, on the season, including a 50-15 margin during the second half.

Junior forward Kelsi Bobbit leads the team with three points on the year, coming on one goal and one assist with five other Bison haven tallied a point during the 2013 campaign. Kyra Dickinson has played every minute in net for Howard and has registered 39 saves and three shutouts. The junior is allowing less than one goal per contest (0.75) and has a .907 save percentage.

After starting off the season 2-0, Bucknell (2-4-0) has dropped four straight contests coming into the weekend, including Tuesday's 6-0 loss to No. 13 Penn State. The Bison opened the season with five goals in two games and have since scored just twice, while allowing 3.5 goals per game over their losing streak.

Senior forward Chelsey Garkowski leads the team in goals (two) and sits atop of the Patriot League in shots (21) and shots per game (3.50). Sophomore goalkeeper Jessie Ashworth has seen a majority of the action in net. She leads the conference in saves (42) and is tied for first in shutouts (two).

The Bison spend the weekend on the road, traveling to Towson on Friday, before taking on the Retrievers on Sunday. 

Inside the Series
-UMBC is undefeated in 10 all-time meetings with Howard and is averaging 3.4 goals per contest versus the Howard Bison.
-The Retrievers and Howard meet for the first time since Sept. 12, 2007, in a series that dates back to Oct. 10, 1988.
-Bucknell holds a 6-2 series record against UMBC and has won the last five games versus the Retrievers.
-UMBC is 2-2 on its home field against the Bucknell Bison, with both victories coming in the 1990's.

Dawg Notes
-Goalkeeper Lauren Kadet is nine saves away from becoming the squad's all-time leader. She looks to surpass Nadine Henchcliffe (1993-95), who amassed 339 saves in her career.  
-UMBC is in the midst of playing six straight games in the city of Baltimore, with only Tuesday's 1-1 double overtime draw at Loyola being played away from Retriever Soccer Park. On the season, UMBC is 1-0-2 on the road, but thus far during its Baltimore home stand, the Retrievers have posted a 1-1-1 record.