BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer's exploded for six goals in game one of the Battle of Baltimore on Friday evening at Ridley Athletic Complex. Senior midfielder Lilly Rydon (Adelaide, South Australia/Concordia College) led the charge with her first collegiate multiple-goal game, including the game-winner, in the 6-0 victory against Mount St. Mary's.
Rydon scores are her fourth in the last four games. She leads the team with four goals and eight points on the season.
The Retrievers rebound from last Friday's loss to Saint Joseph's and improve to 5-1 on the season, while Mount St. Mary's remain winless at 0-8. UMBC continues its best start since 1996, when it also started the year at 5-1.
Sophomore Meg Kowalski setup the first scoring opportunity, drilling a shot that goalkeeper Rachel Bourne swatted wide of the net. Freshman forward Lisa Nanov (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) took the ensuing corner and Rydon was able to get inside the box and put a head on the ball, slotting it past Bourne to give the Retrievers the 1-0 lead.
Junior back Nikki Boretti (Garmisch, Germany/Archbishop Spalding) added her second goal of the season in the 36th minute. Boretti chipped in the score off a free kick from fellow back Melissa Hummel (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) for the 2-0 lead. Hummel, who led the team in assists last season, made her first appearance of the 2014 season.
Senior midfielder Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) got in on the action with 1:09 left in the first stanza, heading a ball just inside the crossbar, to extend the Retrievers' advantage to 3-0 at the break. Hummel picked up her second assist of the contest on the play, sending in a corner kick for the helper.
The Retrievers finished the opening half with an 8-3 shot advantage and a 4-0 lead in corner kicks.
UMBC did not slow down in the second half, as Kowalski poked the ball loose from the Mount St. Mary's defense and sophomore Amanda Dailey (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township/Monmouth) turned around for the long strike past the Mount's second-half goalkeeper Vicky Cocozza in the 52nd minute. Dailey's score also came on her first action of the season.
The Retrievers continued on the offensive end as red-shirt freshman Destinee Morris (La Plata, Md./La Plata) notched her first collegiate goal following a touch on a bouncing ball from freshman Virginia Moyer (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown). The helper was the rookie's first point of the year and came in the 65th minute.
Rydon added her second goal of the game, heading in a ball from senior back Morgan Taylor (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) in the 81st minute to make it a six-goal contest.
Junior goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) made two stops in her fifth victory of the season. Sophomore Annette Cappellino (Rochester, N.Y./Penfield) made her collegiate debut in the second half.
The Retrievers finished with 15 shots on the night, placing 14 on goal. UMBC assist all six of its scores and held a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks.
On the Horizon
-UMBC continues action in the Battle of Baltimore on Sunday, Sept. 14 when it travels to Towson, Md. to take on the Tigers. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. at Tiger Soccer Complex. UMBC head coach Leslie Wray faces her former team for the first time since coming on as head coach of the Retrievers.
-UMBC snaps a two-game losing streak against the Mount, taking a 13-2 lead in the all-time series.
-UMBC's six goals were its highest total since 2002 when the Retrievers' defeated Delaware State, 12-0, on Sept. 22.
-The Retrievers earn their third shutout of the season. UMBC has allowed four goals in six games.