BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer seeks its second straight America East regular-season championship on Sunday, Oct. 26 when it hosts Binghamton at Senior Day, with a victory clinching the title for the Retrievers. The Dawgs will acknowledge their five seniors prior to the 1 p.m. kickoff at Retriever Soccer Park. All the live action will be available, free of charge, on UMBCRetrievers.tv, courtesy of the America East digital network.
Sunday marks the final day of the regular-season for the America East Conference. The AEC Championships are slated to start on Thursday, Oct. 30. The Retrievers have solidified a first round bye after earning 14 points with a 4-1-2 record in league action.
Retriever Soccer Park Promotion
-First 100 fans in attendance receive UMBC Athletics "Together We Can" sunglasses.
Scouting the Retrievers (12-3-2, 4-1-2 AEC)
-UMBC is unbeaten in its last six games, including four straight victories. The Retrievers were the preseason favorites and snagged a share of first place in the America East standings with Thursday's 1-0 victory at Albany. The one-goal win was the 12th game this season that has been decided by one goal or less for the Retrievers.
-Senior midfielder Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./America Heritage) moved into a tie for second on UMBC's all-time games played (74) on Thursday and celebrated by registering her 10th-career game-winning goal. Brown eclipsed last season's 17-point total with the score, her seventh of the year, to become the first Retriever since Amanda DiCarlo in 2005 to record 19 points in a season.
-Senior back Morgan Taylor (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) recorded the assist versus the Great Danes, marking her career-best fourth helper of the season. Taylor and Brown, along with classmates Lilly Rydon (Adelaide, South Australia/Concordia College), Melissa Hummel (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) and Paige Preston (Freehold, N.J./Freehold) will be playing at Retriever Soccer Park for their final regular-season game.
-Goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) is coming off her program-record ninth shutout of the season on Thursday, registering five saves in her 12th victory of the year. Nance, an America East Fans' Choice Player of the Year nominee, entered the week ranked 23rd in Division I in save percentage (87.2) and 29th in goals against average (0.62). Nance the Retrievers' defense have allowed just 10 goals on the season, the lowest total in program history.
Scouting the Bearcats (6-9-2, 2-3-2 AEC)
-Binghamton is coming off an exciting 3-2 double-overtime victory against Vermont on Thursday to keep the Bearcats in position for a berth in the America East Championships.
-Sophomore midfielder Katie O'Neill registered five points in Binghamton's Thursday victory, tallying a pair of goals and adding an assist. O'Neill notched the game-winner with 3:18 remaining in the second overtime, her team-leading fifth score of the season. O'Neill paces the squad with 12 points on the year.
-Midfielder Jacque Rice added her third goal of the season on Thursday, scoring the game's fourth goal to knot the contest at two. Rice is tied with three Bearcats for second on the team in points with seven.
-Goalkeeper Gaby Gold made five saves in Thursday's win, bringing her season total to 36 stops. Gold and Katie Hatziyianis have split time in net on the season, with Gold making all 17 starts.
Inside the Series
-UMBC earned its first victory all-time against Binghamton last season with a 1-0 double-overtime road victory. The Bearcats hold a 9-1-2 advantage in the all-time series.