BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer's senior midfielder Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) posted her first multiple-goal game and finished with five points to help propel the Retrievers past Delaware State, 4-0, in non-conference action on Friday night at Retriever Soccer Park.
The Retrievers scored a pair of goals in each half, the first two coming from Brown, followed by the first career-goal for freshman midfielder Gabby Boehmer (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) in the second half and senior midfielder Lilly Rydon's (Adelaide, South Australia/Concordia College) team-leading fifth goal of the season.
UMBC earns its 13th victory in its last 14 tries on its home field to improve to 6-2-0 on the season, while Delaware State falls for the third time in five games to drop to 2-7-0 on the year.
In what started out as a slow paced first half, Brown was able to get three scoring opportunities in the final 18 minutes of the opening period, putting away two of her chances on headers. Brown got the Retrievers' on the board and shifted the momentum in UMBC's favor in the 31st minute, heading a ball into the far corner past Delaware State goalkeeper Katelyn Koslosky off a cross from freshman forward Lisa Nanov (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley).
Sophomore midfielder Meg Kowalski (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) floated a ball up for Brown to head inside the right post for her second score of the contest just 6:05 later to give the Retrievers a 2-0 advantage that they would take into the break.
The Retrievers maintained control throughout most of the second half and were able to get back on the board in the 57th following a set piece. A Melissa Hummel (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) corner kick was played back in the box by the head of Brown and Boehmer punched in the bouncing ball from four yards out to extend the advantage to 3-0.
UMBC added further insurance in the 87th minute when Rydon and Nanov connected for a score for the third time this season. Nanov sent a corner kick into the box for her second helper of the day and Rydon headed home her sixth point in the last three games. Nanov leads the team with four assists on the year and ranks third in points (eight).
The Retrievers finished the night with a 15-5 shot advantage, including a 7-2 differential in shots on goal. Junior goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) made two saves for her third shutout of the season, while Koslosky totaled three stops for the visitors.
On the Horizon
-UMBC continues home action on Tuesday, Sept 23 when it hosts American at Retriever Soccer Park.
-UMBC improves to a perfect 5-0 all-time against Delaware State.
-UMBC is averaging 3.3 goals per game over the last three games.
-The Retrievers held a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks on the night and lead their opponents 51-29 in corner kicks on the season.
-UMBC has shutout its opponents on four occasions in 2014 and is holding opponents to 0.75 goals per game.
-Jessy Brown is the third Retriever on the season to post a multiple goal game on the season, joining Lilly Rydon and Lisa Nanov. Brown's five-point effort was the first for the Retrievers' since Oct. 4, 2009 when Sandra Vacarino registered five points against Vermont.
-Jessy Brown registered a season-best five shots on the night, placing three on goal.
-Lilly Rydon's five goals and 10 points are both career-bests.