WEST HARTFORD, CONN. – UMBC women's soccer's freshman forward Virginia Moyer (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area) scored her first-collegiate goal in the 72nd minute to help the Retrievers defeat first-place Hartford, 1-0, in America East action on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
The Retrievers pick up their third-straight victory against Hartford and are unbeaten in their last five contests to improve to 11-3-2 on the season and 3-1-2 in America East action. Hartford falls for the first time in league play on the year, moving to 8-3-4 overall and 4-1-1 in the conference.
The Hawks put pressure on the Retrievers' defense in the opening nine minutes of play with a shot from Kristen McAdams that nailed off the crossbar. The rebound from Sidney Spremullo set up the game's first corner kick. Spremullo's corner kick was headed toward the goal by Erica Primovic, but UMBC's junior goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) was there to make the diving save to keep the game scoreless.
After a scoreless opening period, UMBC picked up its play in the second half, outshooting the Hawks, 9-3, in the half, including the first three shots of the stanza.
The lone goal came from the Retrievers when sophomore forward Amanda Dailey (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township/Monmouth) crossed a ball from the wing into the box. Off a bounce, Moyer was able to get the turnaround shot off, finishing in upper right corner of the goal in the 72nd minute.
Nance and Hartford goalkeeper Jessica Jurg finished the game with five saves apiece. Nance adds to her single-season program record with eight shutouts on the year.
-The victory marks the first for the Retrievers' on Hartford's home field. UMBC has won three straight against Hartford, but the Hawks own a 9-5 advantage in the all-time series.
-Virginia Moyer becomes the 11th player on the UMBC roster to have scored a goal on the season.
On the Horizon
-UMBC continues road action on Thursday, Oct. 23 when it travels to Albany to take on the Great Danes.