BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer starts its title defense when it opens America East action at Vermont on Thursday, Oct. 2. The Retrievers enter league play after posting a program-best 8-2 record in non-conference action. Game time is set for 3 p.m. at Virtue Field. Live action will be available at UMBCRetrievers.com.
The Retrievers' start has put them back into the NSCAA/Continental Tire Northeast Region Poll (Sixth Poll) at No. 10. UMBC reached its highest ranking ever in the poll back on Sept. 2, coming in at No. 6, but fell out of the top-10 after falling to Saint Joseph's on Sept. 5.
Scouting the Retrievers (8-2-0, 0-0-0 AEC)
-UMBC, the America East preseason favorite, is riding a three-game win streak heading into America East play. The Retrievers' defense and goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) have posted shutouts in four of the last five games, including a 1-0 victory versus Robert Morris on Friday.
-Senior midfielder Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) continued her recent scoring streak to nine points in three games with Friday's game-winner against the Colonials. Brown leads the team and ranks third in the league with 13 points on the season. The veteran also ranks in the top-10 in the conference in goals (five), assists (three) and game-winning goals (two).
-Freshman forward Lisa Nanov (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) earned her second America East Rookie of the Week honor on Monday, after posting a four-point week for the Retrievers. Nanov registered a three-point effort versus American and followed with an assist on Brown's game-winner against the Colonials. Nanov leads the league in assists and ranks 24th in Division I in assists per game (0.60). As a squad, UMBC ranks 38th in the nation in assists (2.00).
-The Retrievers' defense has done its part in the non-conference slate to rank 19th in the nation in save percentage (0.872), 26th in shutout percentage (0.600) and 28th in goals against average (0.600). Nance also ranks in the top-30 in goals against average and save percentage on the year. Offensively, UMBC's backline has chipped in 13 points on the season, including seven points from junior back Nikki Boretti (Garmisch, Germany/Archbishop Spalding).
Scouting the Catamounts (2-7-1, 0-1-0 AEC)
-Vermont is winless in its last eight games, including a 1-0 loss to New Hampshire in its America East opener on Sunday. The Wildcats held a 23-9 advantage in shots on the game.
-Junior goalkeeper Ally Ramos has started seven of the team's 10 games and has posted 45 saves on the season. Ramos is coming off a six-save performance versus New Hampshire and is allowing 2.05 goals per game on the season.
-Freshman Sarah Martin leads the squad with four of the team's 10 goals. Martin's eight points ranks eighth in the league.
Inside the Series
-Vermont holds the slight edge in the all-time series, 5-4-2, but the Retrievers are 2-0-2 in their last four meetings against the Catamounts.