BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer is unbeaten in its last four games and looks to hand first-place Hartford its first loss of the conference season when the Retrievers travel to West Hartford, Conn., on Sunday, Oct. 19. First kick is set for 2 p.m. at Alumni Stadium, with all the action available on the America East digital network.
Scouting the Retrievers (10-3-2, 2-1-2 AEC)
-After a conference opening loss to Vermont, the Retrievers have gone 2-0-2 in their last four games, including back-to-back wins. Most recently, UMBC erased a 1-0 deficit against UMass Lowell, by rallying with three straight second-half scores to defeat the River Hawks, 3-1, and move into a tie with Albany for second place in the conference standings.
-The Retrievers' improved to 10-3-2 on the season with Thursday's victory against the River Hawks, marking the eighth 10-win season in program history and the second under third-year head coach Leslie Wray. UMBC's 13 wins in 2013 marked a program-record for victories in a single season.
-Senior midfielder Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) is coming off a three-point effort against the River Hawks, including her team-leading third game-winning goal of the season. Brown ranks in the top six of the conference in goals (six), assists (five) and points (17). Brown has reached 17 points in each of the last two seasons and entered the Retrievers' all-time record book in games played (T-4th, 72) and assists (T-9th, nine).
- Junior back Amira Walcott (Beltsville, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) registered her first goal of the season on Thursday to start the Retrievers' three-goal rally. Senior midfielder Paige Preston (Freehold, N.J./Freehold) added her second goal in as many games in the victory.
-Goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) registered a pair of blank sheets last week, setting a program-record for shutouts in a single-season with seven. The junior netminder enters the week ranked 20th in the nation in save percentage (86.6) and 29th in goals against average (0.63).
-The Retrievers rank in the top-50 in Division I in save percentage (16th, 86.8), goals against average (23rd, 0.62), shutout percentage (24th, 57.1) and won-lost-tied percentage (41st, 71.4). The Dawgs lead the America East in goals allowed (nine) and shutouts (eight).
Scouting the Hawks (8-2-4, 4-0-1 AEC)
-Hartford sits in first place after posting a 4-0-1 record to date in America East play. The Hawks are coming off a scoreless draw at Maine on Thursday night and will be celebrating their Senior Day on Sunday afternoon.
-Sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Jurg finished with six saves en route to her fourth clean sheet of the season on Thursday. Jurg leads the league in goals against average and save percentage, allowing four goals in her eight appearances and tallying 30 saves.
-Senior midfielder Chanel Johnson leads the America East in goals (11) and points (25) on the season. Johnson has accounted for six of the team's eight game-winning goals.
Inside the Series
-UMBC won a pair of contests on its home field against Hartford last season, including a 2-0 victory versus the Hawks in the America East semifinals.
-Hartford owns a 9-4 advantage in the all-time series versus the Retrievers, including a perfect 5-0 mark on its home field.