DURHAM, N.H. – UMBC women's soccer's junior goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) registered a collegiate-best 11 stops and posted her sixth shutout of the season as the Retrievers tallied their second straight draw, tying New Hampshire, 0-0, after a pair of overtimes in America East action on Thursday night at Cowell Stadium.
The Retrievers move to 8-3-2 on the season and 0-1-2 in America East play, while New Hampshire moves to 4-7-2 overall and 1-1-2 in league action.
The Wildcats held a 9-2 shot advantage in the opening period, but the Retrievers threatened with each of their opportunities. The first coming on a clearing pass from junior back Nikki Boretti (Garmisch, Germany/Archbishop Spalding) that bounced to an open Lilly Rydon (Adelaide, South Australia/Concordia College). The senior midfielder had a few steps on the defense and tried for the shot as a pair of defenders collapsed on her, but the ball sailed wide of the net in the 18th minute.
Rydon was responsible for the second chance of the opening half, this time coming in the closing minute of the period, but again sent her shot wide.
Nance, who registered four stops in the opening period, continued to stay strong early in the second stanza, registering a diving save to keep the game scoreless in the opening minutes of the second half on a shot from Kirsten O'Neill in the 48th minute.
Senior midfielder Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) tried to get in on the action, looking for her sixth goal of the season, but her touch on a Melissa Hummel (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) corner kick also sailed wide in the 76th minute.
The Retrievers picked up the pace throughout the second half, generating seven shots in the period, but were only able to place a pair of shots on net, representing goalkeeper Mimi Borkan's two saves on the night.
After each teams tallied a shot in the first overtime, O'Neill posed a great opportunity for the Wildcats in the second overtime, but Nance was once again there, cutting off the corner and making the stop, to solidify the draw.
On the Horizon
-UMBC returns to Retriever Soccer Park on Homecoming weekend when it hosts Maine at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12. Sunday also marks the Retrievers' Alumni Day and Pink Game.