Women's Soccer Heads to Liberty for Thursday Night Matchup

Photo by Brian Gonzalez
Photo by Brian Gonzalez
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BALTIMORE, Md. - After a week away from the pitch, the UMBC women's soccer team will return to the field as they travel to Lynchburg, Va. to take on the defending Big South champion Liberty Flames on Thursday, Sept. 7. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 6 p.m. from Osborne Stadium. Fans who are unable to make it to the game will be able to view the game on the Big South Network.
Scouting the Retrievers
-UMBC comes back after losing to Loyola University Maryland, 1-0, in double overtime, on Thursday, Aug. 31. 
-The Retrievers held strong against the Greyhounds, keeping the scored tied at 0-0 until a header, assisted by a corner kick, just 1:43 into the second overtime period. Junior Leah Roth made 4 saves in the effort.
-Roth ranks third in America East with a goals against average of 0.92 and fourth in the conference with a 80.0 save percentage.
-The Retrievers will return for a four-game homestand on Sunday, Sept 10 to face the Longwood Lancers at 4 p.m.
Scouting the Flames
-Liberty is 1-3-2 on the season, most recently falling to Florida Gulf Coast, 3-2, on Sunday, Sept. 3. 
-Against FGCU, sophomore Sierra Lam scored a goal in the 77th minute tying the game at 2-2. That wasn't enough to stop the Eagles as they scored with 10 minutes left in the game.
-The Flames return four players from last season including sophomore Gabrielle Farrell, who won 2016 Big South Freshman of the Year, and senior Isabella Habuda who led the conference and Liberty with 10 goals.
-On the season, senior Tori Collar is the primary goalkeeper with over 383 minutes of action and a 1.41 goals against average. Freshman Melody Jayroe provides back up with 180 minutes of play and 1.50 goals against average. 
-Liberty will return to the pitch on Sunday, Sept. 10th as they face LSU in Baton Rouge at 6 p.m.
Inside the Series
-UMBC and Liberty are meeting for the 14th time, with the Retrievers holding a 12-1-0 lead over the Flames. The two met nine times while UMBC was a member of the Big South conference, including three victories in the conference tournament.
-Last season, the Retrievers used an early goal in the first half to take a 1-0 win over the Flames at Retriever Soccer Park. Nikki Saad scored her second goal of the season after beating out a defender and shooting the ball into the net from roughly 22-yards out. In the net, goalkeeper Leah Roth made a career-high 13 saves.