BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer eliminated a one-goal first half deficit as freshman midfielder Jenna Denis (Paris, France/Ridgefield) tallied her second goal of the season in the 68th minute to help the Retrievers pick up another point in America East action as UMBC and Hartford finished in a 1-1 draw in Thursday night's double-overtime contest at Retriever Soccer Park.
The Retrievers created plenty of opportunities throughout the contest with a 19-12 shot advantage in the contest, including a penalty kick in the opening period, but UMBC was able to put just one into the back of the net. UMBC moves to 3-8-3 (1-1-2 AE), while Hartford moves to 8-2-3 (2-0-2 AE).
UMBC saw its best chance of the half come on a breakaway for senior forward Amanda Dailey (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) with 15:09 to go in the opening period. Dailey was taken down in the box, resulting in a red card for the Hawks and a penalty kick opportunity for UMBC. Freshman back Katie Berkowitz (Crofton, Md./South River) looked to slot the shot just inside the post on the penalty kick but drilled the opportunity off the post to keep the game scoreless.
It was the Hawks that struck first as a missed played ball by a Retrievers' defender led to a breakaway from Hartford's Aaliyah Ingram. The junior forward took advantage of the opportunity in the 38th minute despite a UMBC defender closing in on her, finishing the shot in the upper left corner of the net for her seventh score of the season to give the Hawks a 1-0 advantage.
The Retrievers continued to put the pressure on in the closing minutes of the half, finishing the period with six shots to Hartford's five, but UMBC was unable to put away the equalizer before the break.
UMBC continuously produced opportunities on the offensive end as Dailey picked the pocket of a Hartford defender in the 51st minute, but Hawks' goalkeeper Jessica Jurg came up with the big save to preserve Hartford's 1-0 lead. Berkowitz and junior forward Destinee Morris (La Plata, Md./La Plata) each saw their chances at the equalizer go just wide of the net.
The Retrievers were finally able to convert with the game-tying goal coming in the 68th minute when Denis tapped the equalizer past Jurg. Sophomore midfielder Gabby Boehmer (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) sent in the corner kick and Dailey headed over the helper to the opposite corner of the net for Denis to finish.
UMBC continued to put the pressure on in the second half, finishing the stanza with nine of its 19 shots. Senior back Amira Walcott (Beltsville, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) added to the Retrievers' threats, drilling a shot just over the crossbar to start the first overtime, but UMBC was unable to come away with the game-winner in extra time.
UMBC senior goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) finished the night with four saves, while Jurg registered five stops.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC travels to Maine on Sunday, Oct. 11 for a noon matchup. The Retrievers return home for their Senior Day against New Hampshire on Sunday, Oct. 18.