BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer played a tough second half, but the Retrievers were unable to overcome two first-half goals from George Washington, falling to the Colonials, 2-0, in Thursday night's non-conference matchup at Retriever Soccer Park.
The Colonials used a pair of goals in the opening 21 minutes of action from freshman forward Sofia Pavon to pick up their third straight victory to improve to 5-4-0 on the year, while UMBC drops its non-conference finale to fall to 2-7-1 on the season.
George Washington struck in the 14th minute on a shot far outside of the box from Pavon that soared into the upper left corner of the net to put the Colonials out in front, 1-0.
Pavon struck again with 24 minutes remaining in the opening half for her second of the year. Pavon made it to a ball that was played to her from freshman back Dani Frese before UMBC goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) could get to it, leaving Pavon with an easy chip shot over Nance for the 2-0 GW lead.
The Retrievers, who finished with four shots on the net, recorded just one shot in the opening 45 minutes of action.
UMBC did not give up though, as the Retrievers looked to trim the deficit to one with nearly 15 minutes gone in the second half as senior back Bria Bass (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) served up a ball for a streaking Gabby Boehmer (Lebanon, Md./Cedar Crest), but the ball was one step ahead of UMBC's leading scorer.
Nance finished with five saves for the Retrievers, while GW goalkeepers Miranda Horn and Ellen Conway held the Retrievers scoreless by making one save.
NEXT UP FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC opens America East action on Sunday, Sept. 27 when the Retrievers host the Great Danes in a 1 p.m. matchup at Retriever Soccer Park.