Women's Soccer Opens Homestand Against Longwood on Sunday

Photo by Kevin Manguiob
Photo by Kevin Manguiob

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BALTIMORE, Md. - The UMBC women's soccer team returns home to Retriever Soccer Park on Sunday, Sept. 10 as they open a four-game homestand, starting with a 4 p.m. contest against the Longwood Lancers. 

Scouting the Retrievers
-UMBC returns home to Retriever Soccer Park to open a four-game homestand after falling, 2-1, to Liberty on Thursday night. 
-Against the Flames, freshman Elysia Paolillo netted her first collegiate goal in the 60th minute to tie the game up off an assist from Christina Corbi. However, Liberty would take the lead in the 86th minute.
-On the season, Paolillo, Corbi, senior Gabby Boehmer, and freshman Olivia Bronson account for all four of UMBC's goals. Corbi leads the team with three points after adding her assist against the Flames. Sophomore Nikki Saad leads the team with 14 shots taken, eight being on goal.
-Junior Leah Roth has made 24 saves on the season and has a .774 save percentage. Roth also boasts a 1.09 goals against average, only allowed seven goals through six games. 
-UMBC will remain at home as it welcomes St. Francis (Pa.) in a midweek contest on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.
Scouting the Lancers
-Longwood enters the contest with a 5-2-0 record after defeating UNC Greensboro, 1-0, on Friday night. Sheyenne Stretz knocked in the lone goal of the game in the 37th minute off an assist from Kennedy Culbreath.
-The Lancers have also picked up wins against Howard, Marshall, American, and VMI, scoring six goals off six different scorers. Longwood is also in the midst of the program's best start in the Division I era (2004-present). 
-Sophomore Emilie Kupsov leads the Lancers with four points off one goal and two assists. Kupsov also leads the team in shots (21) and shots on goal (11). 
-Longwood returns four All-Big South honorees in Maria Kirby, Janese Quick, Sydney Wallace, and Taylor Alvey. Kirby currently ranks fourth in Longwood history in career goals against average (0.97) and third in career shutouts (16).
-The Lancers continue a four-game road stretch as they face VCU on Thursday, September 14. 
Inside the Series
-This will only be the sixth meeting between the two teams, with Longwood holding a 3-1-1 lead in the series.
-Last season, the Retrievers closed out a four-game road stretch with a 1-0 loss against the Lancers.