BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer used a pair of goals over a one minute period of game action to pick up its first victory of the season, defeating American, 2-1, in non-conference action at Reeves Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Retrievers were able to overcome surrendering a goal 2:12 into the contest, evening the score at one apiece with 13 seconds remaining in the opening half. Sophomore midfielder Gabby Boehmer (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) tallied her fourth goal in as many games to help the Retrievers knot the contest. UMBC continued pressure into the start of the second half, registering the game-winner from senior back Bria Bass (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) 46 seconds into the period.
UMBC earns its first victory of the season to improve to 1-2-1 on the year, while American falls to 1-3-0. The victory is the third straight in the all-time series for the Retrievers.
Eagles' senior forward Kelly Donovan had a step on the defense and drilled a shot from outside the box into the far left corner of the net 2:12 into the contest to give American the 1-0 advantage. Donovan's goal was her second in as many games, while freshman forward Yari Bradfield tallied her third point of the weekend, registering an assist on the play.
UMBC sophomore Rachel Lyon (Orrtanna, Pa./Gettysburg Area) sent a ball ahead as time winded down at the end of the first half, but an American defender was unable to control the ball and her deflection landed at the feet of Boehmer for the shot just outside the box past AU goalkeeper Charlene Belanger to tie the contest at one apiece with 14 seconds remaining in the period.
It took the Retrievers just 45 seconds into the second half to take the 2-1 lead as a throw in from Bria Bass (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) to senior back Amira Walcott (Beltsville, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) was dished right back to Bass for the shot that sailed across the front of the net and just inside the far post. The score was Bass' first since her freshman season and the assist marked Walcott's fourth point of the weekend.
The Retrievers held a 7-1 advantage in shots in the second half and 13-8 lead in the game.UMBC goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) finished the game with four saves, while Belanger recorded four stops.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC returns to action on Friday, Sept. 4 when the Retrievers travel to the George Mason Tournament. UMBC takes on Appalachian State on at 7:30 p.m.