ALBANY, N.Y. – In the regular season finale, the UMBC women's soccer team fell to reigning America East champions Albany, 2-0 on Sunday. The Great Danes move to 9-7-1 overall on the season and 6-1-1 in conference play, while the Retrievers fall to 6-10-1 overall and 2-5-1 in America East contest. With the loss, UMBC has been eliminated from a possible berth in the America East tournament.
The first half of the game was kept quiet, largely in part to three huge saves by sophomore Leah Roth. UMBC also had three chances to score in the first period, including two shots by freshman Rayven Conner that were kept away from the net by goalkeeper Chloe Borasky.
Roth kept the game scoreless into the second half as Albany came up with a strong shot in the 47th minute, but Roth saved the shot before forcing the Great Danes to shoot again wide.
However, the Great Danes would get onto the board in the 55th minute when Kiana Rugar headed the ball in of a free kick from Carolina Kopp.
A little over seven minutes later, Albany would score again as Meghan Cavanaugh and Mariah Williams would find Alexa Schneider inside of the box; Schneider would then arch a shot inside the right post of the net.
The Retrievers best chance to score in the second half came in the 60th minute as Conner took a shot that Borasky saved.
Overall, Albany out-shot UMBC 22-9 and dominated in corner kicks, 12-0. Conner led the Retrievers with four shots, three on goal, followed by senior Preslie Quaranta who had three. For Albany, Rugar led the team with six shots, two on goal, with one score.
In goal, Borasky moved to 7-4-1 on the season after making five saves in almost 79 minutes between the posts, while Alana Oliveri played the final 11:01 with no goals and no saves. Roth made seven saves while allowing the two goals and fell to 6-10-1 on the season.