Women's Soccer Set to Host Liberty on Thursday Night

Women's Soccer Set to Host Liberty on Thursday Night

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Baltimore, Md. – After suffering its first loss of the season to crosstown rivals Loyola on Sunday afternoon, the UMBC women's soccer team looks to bounce back against former Big South Conference members Liberty on Thursday night. The matchup is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park.

Scouting the Retrievers:

-Amidst a thunderstorm on Sunday afternoon, UMBC suffered its first loss of the season with a 2-0 setback at crosstown rivals Loyola.

-Junior Shannon Phillips was the only Retriever to register multiple shots in the game, putting two within reach of the net. Redshirt-senior Alexa Quaranta and senior Dee Morris also registered shots on goal.

-The Greyhounds out-shot the Retrievers, 4-1 in the first period. However, UMBC was able to bounce back, adding five shots in the second half of the game to cut the deficit to an 8-6 overall shot total.

-Head coach Leslie Wray has been relying on a core of newcomers to take to the pitch in the first two games, with Jamie Shiflett, Nikki Saad, Sydney Donovan, and Angela Kuhn earning starting spots in the lineup. Jessica Hopkins, Emily Horn, and Rayven Conner have also seen significant playing time.

Next Up for the Retrievers: 8/28 at UNCW 1 p.m.


Scouting the Lady Flames:

-Liberty is coming off a two-loss week, including a 4-0 setback to open the season against #4 Virginia. Four different Cavaliers scored and helped to out-shoot the Lady Flames, 21-5 in the contest.

-Liberty held on in its match against Tennessee but fell to the Volunteers, 1-0 late in the game; the contest remained scoreless until the 77th minute. Redshirt-senior goalkeeper Holly Van Noord made 10 saves in the net for the Lady Flames.

-After winning the team's fifth Big South championship last season, the Lady Flames were picked as the preseason favorite in the 2016 Big South Conference preseason poll, taking 97 of 100 possible points.

-Also in preseason awards, Van Noord was named Defensive Player of the Year, while junior forward Jennifer Knoebel picked up Attacking Player of the Year.

Next Up for the Lady Flames: 9/2 vs. Appalachian State 4 p.m.