ALBANY, N.Y. – UMBC women's soccer's senior midfielder Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) registered her 10th-career game-winning goal on a rainy Thursday night at Bob Ford Field to help the Retrievers defeat Albany, 1-0, and take over a share of first place in the America East standings with one game remaining in the regular-season.
The Dawgs improve to 12-3-2 on the season and 4-1-2 in America East action to move into a tie with Hartford for the top-spot in the conference. Albany moves to 6-8-4 overall and 3-2-2 in league play.
The Retrievers looked for their opportunities throughout the closing 15 minutes of the first half, putting pressure on the reigning America East Player of the Week, goalkeeper Alana Brennan, including a cross into the box from sophomore forward Amanda Dailey (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township/Monmouth) that sneaked through the defense, but Brown was unable to get enough of a touch on it for the goal.
The Albany defense added in some help for Brennan, as a header from junior back Nikki Boretti (Garmisch, Germany/Archbishop Spalding) off a corner kick from senior back Morgan Taylor (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) was deflected off the goal line for a Great Danes' team save in the 36th minute.
Albany had a chance of its own in the final minute of the half when Krista Fitzpatrick made a move on the defense and got a shot off from 10 yards out, but UMBC junior goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) was there to gobble it up for her fifth save of the stanza.
The Retrievers got on the board in the 72nd minute, when the Great Danes looked to have cleared the danger from a UMBC free kick. After UMBC regained possession, Taylor sent a ball into the box for an open Brown, who knocked in her team-leading seventh goal of the season for the game's lone score.
The Great Danes nearly evened the score in the final minutes of the contest as ball from Kelsey Luke deflected off of Nance, who was out of the goal, and bounced toward the net, but junior back Amira Walcott (Beltsville, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) rushed back to clear the ball to preserve the Retrievers' lead and clinch UMBC a spot in the America East Championships.
Nance completed her ninth shutout of the season with five saves.
-Freshman forward Virginia Moyer earned her first collegiate start in the contest, this just one game after her game-winning goal defeated first-place Hartford, 1-0.
-Senior midfielder Jessy Brown's goal marked her seventh goal of the season, matching her career-best output from last season. Brown's 19 points is a career-best, surpassing last year's 17 points, and marks the first Retriever to post 19 points in a season since Amanda DiCarlo tallied 20 points in the 2005 season.
-Senior back Morgan Taylor ranks third on the team with her career-best four assists on the season.
-Voting for the America East Fans' Choice Player of the Year is now open, with UMBC's Jen Nance as one of nine nominees. To vote click here.
On the Horizon
-UMBC returns home for its regular-season finale versus Binghamton on Sunday, Oct. 26. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park, with Senior Day festivities taking place prior to the contest. The Retrievers can capture the No. 1 seed in the America East Tournament with a victory, as well as at least a share of the America East regular-season championship.