BALTIMORE – Red-hot UMBC women's soccer and Albany are both unbeaten in their last five contests and will meet on Thursday, Oct. 23 in a battle for second place in the America East standings with one week to go in the regular season. Kickoff is set 7 p.m. at Bob Ford Field, with live coverage available courtesy of the America East digital network.
Scouting the Retrievers (11-3-2, 3-1-2 AEC)
-UMBC is tied for second in the conference with 11 points after going unbeaten in its last five games, including three straight victories. In their latest contest, the Retrievers handed first-place Hartford its first conference loss of the season with freshman forward Virginia Moyer's (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area) scoring her first collegiate goal in a 1-0 victory. Moyer was named the league's Rookie of the Week following the performance.
-The Retrievers have been led by a stout defense this season, ranking 12th in Division I in save percentage (87.3), 18th in goals against average (60.8) and 23rd in shutout percentage (56.3).
-Goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) made five saves against the Hawks on Sunday in the shutout victory, increasing her program single-season record to eight. The junior netminder enters the week ranked 23rd in the nation in save percentage (87.2) and 29th in goals against average (0.62).
-Senior midfielder Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) ranks fourth in the America East in points (17) and goals (six). Classmate Lilly Rydon (Adelaide, South Australia/Concordia College) has registered a career-best six goals, fourth in the conference, and 12 points. Freshman forward Lisa Nanov (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) rounds out the double-digit points for the Retrievers, tallying 13 points, en route to being named in the Top-100 2014 Freshmen by Top Drawer Soccer.
Scouting the Great Danes (6-7-4, 3-1-2 AEC)
-Albany kept pace with the Retrievers in the conference standings with Sunday's 2-1 victory against Stony Brook. The Great Danes improved to a perfect 3-0 on their home field during conference play with the win.
-The Great Danes' offense leads the America East in points (42) and goals (14) during conference play. Junior forward Leanne Miller is tied for first in goals (four) and second in points (eight). Sophomore forward Alexa Schneider also ranks second in points (eight), with a league-best four assists and two goals.
-Junior goalkeeper Alana Brennan is the reigning America East Player of the Week after making 17 saves in 200 minutes of action. She leads the conference with 88 saves, 14 more than the next closest player. The win over Stony Brook was Brennan's 13th career victory, making her Albany's all-time winningest goal in DI women's soccer history.
Inside the Series
-UMBC defeated Albany at home in a 3-1 victory last season.
-UMBC holds a slight edge all-time, 6-5, after snapping a four-year losing streak with last season's win.