STONY BROOK, N.Y. – UMBC women's soccer captured its third-straight America East Championships appearance, the longest streak in program history, after defeating Stony Brook, 1-0, in the Retrievers' regular-season finale on Sunday afternoon at LaValle Stadium.
UMBC's senior Amira Walcott (Beltsville, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) scored the game's lone goal in the 50th minute to help the Retrievers capture the No. 6 seed in the upcoming league tournament. UMBC, who is unbeaten in their last five games against Stony Brook, concludes the regular-season with a 5-10-3 overall record and a 3-3-2 mark in conference play, while the Seawolves miss out on the America East Championships and end their year at 6-9-3 overall and 3-4-1 in league play.
The Seawolves proved to be aggressive right out of the gate, tallying four shots and a corner kick in the opening 9:08 of play. SBU held a 9-4 shot advantage in the opening half but was unable to capitalize on its chances.
Stony Brook tried to clear out the ball following a UMBC corner kick in the 49th minute, but freshman back Katie Berkowitz (Crofton, Md./South River) was there to punt the ball back towards the SBU net. Sophomore Gabby Boehmer (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) collected the punt and dished off a pass to Walcott for the easy finish past SBU goalkeeper Emily Doherty to put the Retrievers out in front 1-0 in the 50th minute.
The Seawolves had a golden opportunity to tie up the contest on a penalty kick in the 60th minute from red-shirt junior forward Raven Edwards, but UMBC goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) was there to come up with the big save. SBU's Julie Johnstonbaugh was there for a follow-up header, but Nance was once again there for the stop.
Stony Brook continued to try and put away the equalizer, registering 12 shots in the second half, but Nance registered six of her eight saves in the half to help guide the Retrievers to victory.
UP NEXT FOR THE RETRIEVERS: No. 6 UMBC will travel to Burlington to take on No. 3 Vermont in the quarterfinals of the America East Championships at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.