LEWISBURG, Pa. – UMBC women's soccer's freshman forward Lisa Nanov (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) setup a pair of first-half goals to help the Retrievers defeat Bucknell on a stormy Tuesday night at Emmitt Field inside Holmes Stadium.
The Retrievers remain undefeated, improving to 4-0 on the season, their best start since going 5-0 in 1996. The victory marks the first-ever on Bucknell's home field for UMBC. The Bison fall to 1-3 on the year.
Senior midfielder Lilly Rydon (Adelaide, South Australia) scored her second goal in two games, this one coming off a corner kick from the reigning America East, ECAC and College Sports Madness Rookie of the Week Nanov. Rydon beat goalkeeper Jessie Ashworth to the ball and her header bounced into the open net with 31:20 on the clock in the opening period. Nanov's helper was her fifth point in the last three games.
The Retrievers took the 2-0 lead in the 23rd minute when a cross from Nanov went off a Bucknell defender and into the net.
UMBC junior goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) preserved the Retrievers' lead less than a minute later, making a diving save on shot from Evelyn Nicinski, who received a slotted pass and aimed for the far right post. The Retrievers took a two-goal advantage into the break, despite 10 shots from the home team.
Bucknell was able to cut its deficit in half, 2-1, on a 35-yard shot into the upper right corner off the net and over the outstretched hands of Nance with 2:57 remaining in the contest. The Bison were able to get off one more opportunity to tie the contest in the final minute, but Nance was able to scoop up the shot to help the Retrievers hang on for the victory.
Nance stopped a season-best eight shots in the victory.
On the Horizon
-UMBC returns home on Friday, Sept. 5 when it hosts St. Joseph's at 7 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park. Friday marks Date Night at the park, with a Sweetheart Raffle leaving a $50 gift card to Chick fil A/Starbucks up for grabs, sponsored by Chartwells Dining Services.
-The game suffered a pair of delays before beginning 1:20 late due to weather.
-UMBC has posted a 4-0 start or better just twice in program history, 1996 and 1990.
-The Retrievers have won two straight against Bucknell, but trail, 6-4, in the all-time series.
-Video highlights will be posted on Wednesday, Sept. 3.
-The Retrievers entered the game ranked No. 6 in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire Northeast Region Poll.
-Nanov earned Rookie of the Week honors after posting a pair of goals in the Retrievers' 3-2 come-from-behind victory against Loyola last Monday. The forward led the team in shots (eight) and placed a team-best five shots on net.