BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's soccer team opens the Battle of Baltimore weekend tournament on Friday, Sept. 12 when it travels to Loyola (Md.) for a neutral site contest against Mount St. Mary's. Game time is set for 5 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex and is followed by game two, Loyola versus Towson. Live action can be found at UMBCRetrievers.com.
Scouting the Retrievers
-The Retrievers fell for the first time this season and the first time in 13 tries at home on Friday, Sept. 5 against Saint Joseph's. UMBC held the slight edge in shots, with nine, but the Hawks punched home the game's only goal in the 62nd minute to snag the victory.
-UMBC fell out of the NSCAA/Continental Tire Regional Rankings for the first time this season following its only loss of the year. The Retrievers had entered last week with its highest-ever ranking at No. 6.
-Freshman forward Lisa Nanov (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) leads the squad with nine shots and five points on the season. Nanov's two goals are tied with senior midfielder Lilly Rydon (Adelaide, South Australia) for a team-best.
-The Retrievers have registered six assists on their seven goals this season. UMBC is averaging 1.40 goals per game, while holding opponents to 0.80 goals per contest. Junior goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) has posted a pair of shutouts on the year and has totaled 24 saves.
Scouting the Mountaineers
-Mount St. Mary's is winless after seven games in 2014, including three losses by two goals or less. The Mount is coming off a 7-1 loss at Bucknell on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
-Junior midfielder Emma Blair registered the team's first goal of the season on Tuesday, coming off a pass from freshman midfielder Kristen Morawski in the seventh minute. The Mount finished the contest with a season-best 10 shots.
-Goalkeepers Rachel Bourne and Vicky Cocozza have split time evenly in net for the Mount. The two have combined for 56 saves on the year.
Inside the Series
-UMBC leads the all-time series against Mount St. Mary's, 12-2.
-The Retrievers meeting the Mount in a tournament atmosphere for the second time, the first coming at the UMBC Invitational on Sept. 11, 2005.
-UMBC won the first 12 matchups in the series, but the Retrievers have dropped the last two meetings, including a 1-0 loss at the Retriever Soccer Park last season.