Women's Soccer Set to Host Loyola (Md.) in Thursday Night Matchup

(Photo by Brian Gonzalez)
(Photo by Brian Gonzalez)

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BALTIMORE, Md. – After falling to Robert Morris, 2-1 in overtime on Sunday, the UMBC women's soccer team will return home to Retriever Soccer Park as they welcome crosstown rivals Loyola (Md.) on Thursday, August 31. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Scouting the Retrievers (1-2-1)

-UMBC is currently on a two game losing streak after falling to UNCW, 1-0, at home on Aug. 25, and a 2-1 overtime battle at Robert Morris on Aug. 27.

-Against UNCW, the Retrievers played tough defense as they kept the Seahawks away from the goal before a goal was scored in the 88th minute. Junior Leah Roth made six saves in the effort.

-In Sunday's tilt against Robert Morris, the Colonials put the first score on the board in the 38th minute. Freshman Christina Corbi netted the equalizer 30 minutes later with her first collegiate goal and would help to send the game into overtime.

-On the season, Roth has made 16 saves in goal and has a .800 save percentage. Sophomore Nikki Saad leads the team with 11 shots, five on goal, followed by freshman Erin Stevenson with eight shots. Corbi, freshman Olivia Bronson and Gabby Boehmer have all registered on goal on the season.

-UMBC will return to the pitch on Thursday, Sept. 7 as they face Big South champions Liberty in Lynchburg before returning to Baltimore to open a four-game homestand against Longwood on Sept. 10 at 4 p.m.

Scouting the Greyhounds (1-3-0)

-Loyola is 1-3-1 on the season, most recently falling to #11 Georgetown, 5-0, on Sunday.  The Greyhounds picked up a 1-0 overtime victory over Seton Hall on August 24.

-Sophomore Mary Theresa Corcoran headed in game-winning goal for the Greyhounds against the Pirates in 94th minute after junior Julianna Cabrera sent the corner kick toward the goal.

-The Greyhounds return 13 players from 2016, including junior Jourdan Ziff who led the team with four goals, as well as Cabrera who had three scores. Junior Mia Sardella also comes back to the pitch for Loyola, after leading the team with four assists.

-Junior Sumer Rahe was the primary goalkeeper for the Greyhounds in 2016, logging almost 960 minutes of action with a 1.22 goals against average. Sophomore Lily Andres provides back up again, after finishing the season with three shutouts and a 0.77 GAA.

-Loyola continues its six-game road trip as they head to Loretto, Pa. to take on St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday, Sept. 3 in a 2 p.m. tilt.

Inside the Series:

-Loyola currently holds a 6-4-3 lead over UMBC, winning the last two matchups between the teams.

-Last season, the Greyhounds defeated the Retrievers, 2-0. Junior Shannon Phillips led the team with two shots, both being on goal.