Three First-Half Goals Lift Women’s Soccer Past American, 3-0

Three First-Half Goals Lift Women’s Soccer Past American, 3-0


BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer registered three first-half goals, behind three points from freshman forward Lisa Nanov (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley), and posted its third shutout in the last four games to defeat American, 3-0, in non-conference action on Tuesday night at Retriever Soccer Park.

The Retrievers continued their success at home, winning their 14th game in their last 15 tries at Retriever Soccer Park, to improve to 7-2-0 on the year, while American falls to 3-7-0.

UMBC jumped on top of American early, scoring in the opening 10 minutes of play, and added two more goals in the period, including two from set pieces. The Retrievers held a 10-4 shot advantage and 5-1 lead in corner kicks in the half to help the Dawgs coast to the victory.

Nanov set up her own score in the opening 10 minutes, ripping a shot that was stopped by American goalkeeper Charlene Belanger, but Nanov was able to find the loose ball and punch home the rebound from inside the box for her third goal of the season to give UMBC an early 1-0 lead.

Red-shirt freshman Destinee Morris (La Plata, Md./La Plata) nearly added to the Retrievers' advantage in the 15th minute, but drilled her shot into the crossbar to keep the advantage at one.

Nanov got back in on the action, setting up the reigning America East Player of the Week Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) for a header off a corner kick in the 29th minute to make it a two-goal contest. Nanov's kick was placed to the far corner for a waiting Brown to knock in for her fourth goal of the year.

UMBC added one more score before the break, this one coming on a header from junior back Nikki Boretti (Garmisch, Germnay/Archbishop Spalding) off a free kick from senior back Melissa Hummel (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) with 1:21 to go in the period.

American held the Retrievers to three shots in the second half, but were unable to put away any of their five attempts as junior goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) picked up two saves in her fourth shutout of the campaign.

Nanov and Brown have combined for 15 points in the last four games and lead the squad with 11 points apiece on the season.

On the Horizon

-UMBC hits the road on Friday, Sept. 26 when it takes on Robert Morris at North Athletic Complex.  

Game Notes

-UMBC has won two straight against American, but the Eagles maintain a 12-5-2 advantage in the all-time series.  
-The Retrievers have 18 assists on their 20 goals on the season.
-UMBC is averaging 3.25 goals per game over the last four contests.
-Red-shirt freshman Destinee Morris earned her first start of the season.