Women’s Soccer Opens Up Conference Play; Hosts Albany on Sunday

Photo by Gail Burton
Photo by Gail Burton

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BALTIMORE, Md. – The UMBC women's soccer team (2-4-3) closes out a four-game homestand as they open the America East part of their schedule when they welcome the defending conference champion Albany Great Danes (2-7-0) to Retriever Soccer Park on Sunday, September 24 with kickoff scheduled for 1:00 pm.


Scouting the Retrievers:

-UMBC is coming off a 1-1 double overtime draw against Lehigh on Monday, September 18. After a scoreless first half, both teams were able to score in the second half to send the game to overtime.


-Senior midfielder Gabby Boehmer (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) scored her second goal of the season after being tripped up just inside the box to knock in the penalty kick goal to put UMBC up 1-0 just 1:42 into the second half.


-Lehigh would score to tie the game up in the 75th minute, and had a shot to take the lead in the 90th minute that went wide. Both teams would have shots in both overtime periods to take the win, but none would be able to connect with the net as the game ended in a tie.


-Junior goalkeeper Leah Roth (Valencia, Pa./Pine-Richland) had her second best performance of the season, registering eight saves with six being in the last 65 minutes.


-The Retrievers now sport four different players with multiple goals, as Boehmer and freshmen Olivia Bronson (Gaithersburg, Md./St. Andrews's Episcopal), Christina Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee), and Elysia Paolillo (Holliston, Mass./Worcester Academy) all have found the back of the net twice this season. Sophomore Nikki Saad (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) leads the team with 21 shots on the season, with nine being on goal. Roth has 45 saves on the year, good for a 1.01 goals against average and an 81.8 save percentage.


Scouting the Great Danes:

-Albany is currently 2-7 on the season and in the midst of a four-game losing streak. They have had the past week off after playing Missouri on Sunday, September 17, dropping the game 3-0. The Great Danes' only wins on the season come from wins against Iona and Siena.


-Mariah Williams leads the Great Danes in goals, shots, and shots on goal this season with three, 29, and 11, respectively.


-Albany returns three All-America East honorees from last year in first-teamer Caroline Kopp, co-Rookie of the Year Meghan Cavanaugh, and second team honoree Vivian Vega. Vega enters the contest ranked second in Albany history with 20 career goals.


-The Great Danes have played two freshmen goalkeepers during the season, with Andrea Leitner has started six of their nine games. She has 23 saves on the season, with a 2.17 goals against average. Sophia Chen has started in goal three times, posting a 52.9 save percentage.


-This season, the Great Danes are under the eye of first-year head coach Nick Bochette. No stranger to the Albany bench, Bochette spent the last four years under head coach Caitlin Cucchiella, including the last two as associate head coach.


Inside the Matchup:

-This will be the fifteenth meeting between the two schools, with UMBC holding a 7-6-1 lead over Albany.


-Their last meeting came last season on October 23 at Albany, where the Great Danes won by a score of 2-0.