BALTIMORE – The 2014 America East favorite UMBC women's soccer team opens its highly-anticipated 2014 slate on Friday, Aug. 22 when it hosts Navy at 7 p.m. at the Retriever Soccer Park. Friday marks Dads & Daughter Night at the park, where dads and daughters are welcomed to create memories, enjoy rare behind the scenes experiences, and share the importance of exercise, good sportsmanship, and competitive team play. Discounted ticket packages can be purchased for $8, which includes two tickets to the game, two iPhone 5 'UMBC cases,' two slices of pizza and two Aquafina bottled waters. Additional youths can be added for $3, with an additional slice of pizza and bottled water included.
Scouting the Retrievers
-After a Cinderella 2013 season, the Retrievers and head coach Leslie Wray have high expectations for the 2014 season. UMBC enters the season as the favorite in the America East for the first time in program history after capturing the league's regular-season and tournament titles a season ago.
-The Retrievers finished 2013 with a program-record 13 wins. The program not only completed the biggest turnaround in America East history by going from worst-to-first, but also the third-biggest turnaround among Division I women's soccer programs in 2013.
-The 2013 America East Coaching Staff of the Year returns four All-Conference selections, nine starters and 15 letterwinners from last season's roster. Among those combing back are the league's Co-Midfielder of the Year Jessy Brown and the conference's Fans' Choice Player of the Year Alexa Quaranta, who combined for 15 of the team's 30 goals and nine of 13 game-winners.
-UMBC will have to replace its all-time saves leader Lauren Kadet in net, but the Retrievers' veteran backline has a wealth of experience and limited opponents to 22 goals in 2013.
Scouting the Midshipmen
-Navy was picked to finish second behind former America East member Boston University in the Patriot League in the annual preseason poll. The Mids captured a regular-season title in 2013 and posted a 16-5 overall mark.
-Navy welcomes back 14 letterwinners and six starters from a season ago. Among those returning, are senior seniors Morgan Dankanich and Jade Seabrook. The duo earned Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honors from the conference, respectively, in 2013 and received recognition on the All-Patriot League Preseason Team.
-The Mids will have to find a replacement in net, as last season's Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year Elizabeth Hoerner was lost to graduation. Sophomore Dayton Wetherby was able to see action in six games and made one start during her rookie campaign.
Inside the Series
-The Retrievers earned three straight victories to open the series against the Mids, but it is Navy that holds the 7-3-1 all-time record.
-UMBC and Navy face each other for the third time in the past four seasons, with Navy holding a 1-0-1 record during that span.
Retriever Soccer Park Promotion
-Dads & Daughters Night - Create memories, enjoy rare behind the scenes experiences, and share with your daughter the importance of exercise, good sportsmanship, and competitive team play.
-Ticket packages for Dads & Daughters Night can be purchased for $8 which includes two tickets to the game, two iPhone 5 'UMBC cases,' two slices of pizza and two Aquafina bottled waters. Each additional youth is just $3 and will also receive a slice of pizza and a bottled water.
-There will also be a meet and greet and photo opportunity with Sean Wray and Melana Wray, daddy-daughter combo of the UMBC Women's Soccer Head Coach Leslie Wray, at halftime of the game.