BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer's freshman forward Lisa Nanov (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) struck for two of the Retrievers' three second-half goals to help eliminate a two-goal deficit and defeat local-rival Loyola, 3-2, on Monday night at Retriever Soccer Park.
The win marks the first time in over 10 seasons that the Retrievers were able to come back from a two-goal deficit and go on to victory. Nanov scored the first two goals of her collegiate career, including the game-winner in the 81st minute to help the Retrievers remain unbeaten (2-0) and continue their 12-game home win streak. Loyola falls to 1-1 on its season-opening road trip.
In a first half that featured just five shots, the Retrievers nearly jumped out in front as a cross from Nanov found its way through to the head of classmate Gabby Boehmer (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest), but the Boehmer header nailed all crossbar to maintain the scoreless affair with 12:31 to go in the opening period.
The Greyhounds were able to get on the board before the break when a deflected ball off a UMBC defender was headed down by freshman forward Alyssa Bonnesen to setup Rosy Hayes' second goal of the season goal. The junior back finished past the diving finger tips of UMBC goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) and inside the far left post with 6:11 to go in the stanza.
Loyola was able to add to its lead 3:50 into the second half, as a header from Nicole Wahlig off a free kick setup a sliding shot from Jessica Van Dyke that gave the Greyhounds a 2-0 advantage.
Despite a two-goal deficit, the Retrievers showed their resilience in the 54th minute following a quick touch from junior back Nikki Boretti (Garmisch, Germany/Archbishop Spalding) to senior Morgan Taylor (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park). A centering pass from Taylor made it through to the far side of the field and a right-footed finish from Nanov cut the Retrievers' deficit in half, 2-1.
Just 3:32 later, Taylor helped to setup another score on a Retrievers' corner kick, one of five corners in the half for UMBC. Midfielder Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) dished a pass to Boretti, who was able to gather the volley and turn for a blast past Loyola keeper Colleen Folan to tie the score at two apiece.
UMBC took the lead with Nanov's second score of the contest and the Retrievers' third of the half with 9:54 on the clock. A headed ball from Brown was collected by junior forward Alexa Quaranta (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) and was centered before a collision with Folan left an empty net for Nanov to finish in.
The Retrievers outshot the Greyhounds, 8-4, in the second half and held a 7-1 advantage in corners in the contest to hold on for the victory.
Nance finished the night with two saves to improve to 2-0 on the season, while Folan (1-1) also stopped two shots.
On the Horizon
-UMBC hits the road on Friday, Aug. 29 when it travels to Washington, D.C. to take on Howard. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Greene Stadium.
-UMBC ties the all-time series at 4-4-3. The victory is the first for the Retrievers against the Greyhounds since Sept. 28, 1994.
-The Retrievers' two goals allowed is the most UMBC has allowed at a home game since Sept. 1 of last season, when it lost, 3-0, to Delaware.
-UMBC starts out its season 2-0 for the first time since 1996.