BALTIMORE, Md. – Behind five different goal scorers and 10 total players to earn a point, the UMBC women's soccer team clinched a convincing 6-1 win over the Robert Morris Colonials to end its non-conference schedule. The Retrievers move to 4-5-0 on the season, while the Colonials fall to 2-8-0.
UMBC got onto the board first in the 21st minute behind a brace by Rayven Conner. The freshman was able to collect a pass from redshirt-senior Alexa Quaranta on her chest and once the ball settled at her feet, Conner shot the ball into the left corner of the net for her first career goal.
No more than four minutes later, junior Gabby Boehmer scored her third goal of the season after a long kick from freshman Marissa O'Connor found its way towards the box and Boehmer was able to launch a shot directly behind the goalkeeper.
The trend of scoring first career points for UMBC continued as in the 55th minute, freshman Nikki Saad collected a free kick and sent a through ball over to classmate Jessica Hopkins. Hopkins was then able to send the ball straight into the net for her first score of the season and career.
Robert Morris would get on the board in the 58th minute with a goal from Antonia Grese as Kasia Bak fed her a pass from across the field.
However, Quaranta would score twice in a 60 second period to help give the Retrievers a convincing 5-1 lead over the Colonials. Her first goal came in the 64th minute after Conner took a free kick and sophomore Jenna Denis headed it off the goalie, which landed at Quaranta's feet which she launched into the net. Not more than a minute later, Boehmer passed a ball outside of the box to Conner who one-touched it in towards Quaranta. From there, she launched the ball directly behind the goalkeeper for her second score of the game.
In the 80th minute, it was Alexa's twin sister Preslie who added a goal onto the board for the Retrievers. After a failed clear by Robert Morris, sophomore Wren Aye collected a ball which she passed to junior Angela Kuhn outside of the box. Kuhn then sent the ball into the circle, where Preslie was able to gather it at her feet and shot it directly into the net to give UMBC a 6-1 lead.
The Colonials out-shot the Retrievers 8-7 in the first half, but UMBC finished with a 19-16 advantage over the visitors. The Retrievers also held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks. The six goals scored were the second-most scored at Retriever Soccer Park (in 2002, UMBC defeated Delaware State, 12-0 for the most goals scored which is still a program-record).
In goal, sophomore Leah Roth moved to 4-5-0 on the season after allowing only one score and making four saves for UMBC. Robert Morris's Mackenzie Shearson fell to 2-7-0 after allowing five goals and making three saves before Serena Donmoyer came on in relief, where she allowed one goal and made one save.
UMBC finishes the non-conference schedule with a perfect 4-0-0 record at Retriever Soccer Park and will head out to face New Hampshire in its first America East match on Sunday, Sept. 25. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Bremner Field in Durham, N.H.