BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer's sophomore midfielder Gabby Boehmer (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) registered her third goal in three games to give the Retrievers a 2-1 lead in the second half, but the Dawgs were unable to hold on, falling in double-overtime, 3-2, to George Mason in non-conference action on Friday night at Retriever Soccer Park.
UMBC exploded for two goals in the second half, behind three points from senior midfielder Amira Walcott (Beltsville, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt), to eliminate a one-goal first-half deficit, but a goal with two seconds remaining in regulation forced the contest into overtime and George Mason was able to snag its second victory of the season with a goal in the second overtime.
GMU wins its second straight to improve to 2-1-0 on the year, while the Retrievers, who have gone into two overtimes in each of the past two games, fall to 0-2-1 on the season.
The Retrievers had their fair chances to get out in front in the opening half, as senior forward Amanda Dailey (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) sent a through ball for sophomore forward Rachel Lyon (Orrtanna, Pa./Gettysburg Area), who got out in front of the pack, but she was not able to place her shot outside the reach of GMU goalkeeper Kirsten Glad 15:50 into the contest. Dailey had an opportunity of her own after gathering a cross from senior forward Alexa Quaranta (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall), but Glad came up with her second save of the half.
Despite the Retrievers' opportunities, it was George Mason that struck in the opening half. A corner kick from sophomore midfielder Kaila Williams was sent out to sophomore back Niomi Serrano, who played the ball into the box and junior back Sarah Hardison finished for her team-leading fourth score of the year to put the Patriots out in front, 1-0.
George Mason held a 7-3 lead in shots and 4-2 advantage in corner kicks at the half.
Walcott got the Retrievers on the board and tied up the contest at one apiece 5:30 into the second half as the senior midfielder scored her first of the year, floating a shot over the goalkeeper and inside the far post.
Boehmer scored the go-ahead goal in the 64th minute. Quaranta and Walcott combined for the one touch pass to Boehmer, who was out in front of the pack and beat the keeper for her team-leading third score in three games.
The Retrievers looked to have put the game away, but a long ball from GMU red-shirt sophomore Emily Littell was stopped by UMBC goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park), but the senior was unable to control the ball and sophomore forward Erin Mitchell was there to put away the ball with two seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.
George Mason generated a pair of shots off of two corner kicks in the first overtime, but a header in the 106th minute from sophomore back Abby Downey off a corner from Williams was just over the fingers tips of Nance and gave the Patriots the victory.
Nance finished with seven saves on the day, while Glad added seven saves of her own.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC hits the road for a contest at American on Sunday, Aug. 30. Game time is set for noon.