BURLINGTON, Vt. – UMBC women's soccer's senior midfielder Lilly Rydon (Adelaide, South Australia/Concordia College) scored with 7:08 remaining in the contest to bring the Retrievers within one of Vermont, but the Dawgs were unable to eliminate a two-goal deficit, falling to the Catamounts, 2-1, in America East action on Thursday afternoon at Virtue Field.
UMBC allowed UVM to score the first two of the contest before Rydon's strike. The Retrievers (8-3-0) tried desperately for the equalizer in the closing minutes, but were unable to complete the comeback, dropping their America East opener and snapping a three-game win streak, while Vermont (3-7-1) improves to 1-1-0 in league play.
The Retrievers accounted for most of the pressure in the early part of the contest, but the Catamounts changed the tide with 22:52 to go in the opening period as Nikki McFarland drilled a long shot off the crossbar. Rylee Osgood was denied the rebound, but UVM was able to tab its fifth corner kick of the half as a result of the play. The Catamounts took the 1-0 lead on the ensuing set piece, as Osgood got another opportunity, this time nailing the under part of the crossbar to bounce in the shot off the corner kick from Sarah Martin. The goal marked the first against Nance and the Retrievers in 367 minutes of play.
Martin added to the lead for her third point of the afternoon, scoring into the lower left corner off a long through ball from Meg James in the 57th minute to put Vermont on top 2-0.
Rydon and freshman forward Lisa Nanov (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) connected for the fourth time this season to help the Retrievers trim the deficit to 2-1 in the 83rd minute. Nanov dished a pass just in front of the net for Rydon to head into the strong side corner for her team-leading sixth goal of the year. Nanov, the team and conference leader with 0.63 assists per game on the season, picked up her seventh helper of 2014.
The Retrievers kept the pressure on looking for the equalizer in the final minutes and were nearly able to do so with a scuffle in front of the net off a corner kick. Sophomore Amanda Dailey (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township/Monmouth) worked hard to generate two more opportunities for UMBC, the first coming on a clear shot at UVM goalkeeper Ally Ramos that soared high and the second on a centering pass from Dailey that rolled just out of the reach of freshman forward Gabby Boehmer (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest).
Vermont held on despite UMBC outshooting the Catamounts, 8-4, in the second half and holding a 3-0 advantage in corners in the period. Ramos finished with four saves, while Nance made a pair of stops on the afternoon.
On the Horizon
-UMBC returns home for a rematch of last season's America East Championship matchup, when it hosts Stony Brook on Sunday, Oct. 5. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park.
-UMBC falls for just the second time in 10 tries against an America East opponent, dating back to last season's historic run.
-Vermont improves to 6-4-2 overall versus the Retrievers, including a 4-1 lead on its home field.
-Nanov entered the week ranked 24th in Division I in assists per game 0.60.