BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's soccer team continues home action in the opening week of the season, when it hosts local-rival Loyola on Monday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park. All the live action is available free of charge at UMBCRetrievers.tv courtesy of the America East digital network.
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Scouting the Retrievers
-The Retrievers were picked to repeat as America East champions after capturing the league's regular-season and tournament titles a season ago. The squad not only completed the biggest turnaround in America East history, but also the third-biggest turnaround among Division I women's soccer programs in 2013.
-The America East preseason favorite UMBC Retrievers earned their first season-opening victory since Aug. 20, 2010 against Delaware State, 4-1, on Friday when it defeated Navy, 1-0 to earn its 11th-straight home victory. The win was the Retrievers' first against the Mids since Sept. 4, 1994.
-Junior Alexa Quaranta scored the fourth game-winner of her career for the match's lone goal. Quaranta is the Retrievers' active scoring leader with 11 goals and 24 points. Classmate Amira Walcott dished out her first helper of the season on the play, the fourth of her career.
-Junior goalkeeper Jen Nance earned her first collegiate shutout in the opener against the Mids. She finished the contest with four saves, including a crucial diving stop on a penalty kick at the end of the first period to preserve the Retrievers' advantage.
Scouting the Greyhounds
-Loyola enters its second season in the Patriot League and its first campaign under head coach Naomi Meiburger. The Greyhounds, who were picked to finish eighth in the conference's preseason poll, return eight starters from last season, including their leading scorer in Charlotte Miller (four).
-Loyola defeated George Mason, 2-0, in its season-opener on Friday night, giving Meiburger a shutout victory in her debut.
-Junior midfielder Rosy Hayes finished the night with three points, tallying the game-winning goal and adding an assist on senior forward Jessica Van Dyke's insurance score. Hayes' game-winner came off a rebound in the 33rd minute, while the finish in the 82nd minute was the first of Van Dyke's career.
-Senior goalkeeper Colleen Folan registered three stops against the Patriots. Her three collegiate starts and four appearances are the most among any active Loyola goalkeeper.
Inside the Series
-Loyola holds the slight advantage in the all-time series with a 4-3-3 record.
-UMBC and Loyola met for the first time in three seasons last year and the game ended in a 1-1 draw on the Greyhounds' home field.
-The Retrievers and Greyhounds have gone into overtime in each of the last two meetings.