BALTIMORE - The 2018 UMBC women's soccer season begins on Friday, August 17 as the Retrievers welcome the Robert Morris Colonials to Retriever Soccer Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. A free video stream of the game is available, as well as live stats for those fans who are unable to attend the game.
Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC begins its 30th season with a new head coach, as Vanessa Mann was hired as the ninth coach in program history in January 2018. The Retrievers finished the 2017 campaign with 4-10-3 overall record and a 2-6 mark in the America East.
The Retrievers look to return almost all of their starters, with just senior midfielder Gabby Boehmer leaving the starting XI. Boehmer finished her career at UMBC with 34 points off 15 goals and four assists. Boehmer's classmate Madison Koenig will also be missing from UMBC's backfield this year.
UMBC returns top goal scorer in sophomore Erin Stevenson (4g, 1a), whose top performance came as she knocked in three goals in 11 minutes against New Hampshire in the season finale. Stevenson's classmates Christina Corbi (2g, 1a), Olivia Bronson and Elysia Paolillo (2g) also return to the lineup.
In goal, senior Leah Roth and sophomore Jade Wilkins both saw action last season. Roth posted a 1.64 goals against average and a .730 saves percentage in 16 games played, with three shutouts. Wilkins saw action in three games, starting in one, with a 2.11 GAA and a .700 saves percentage.
Scouting the Colonials
John Kowalski enters his 18th season at the helm of the Robert Morris program. Last year, the Colonials finished 6-11 overall and 4-4 in Northeast Conference play, just shy of a spot in the NEC Tournament. This season, RMU was selected to finished sixth overall in the NEC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
The Colonials return the NEC's top scoring duo in senior Jane Schleicher and junior Kristina Kelley. Last season, the two combined for 44 points, which is the most by any duo in Robert Morris history. Kelley led the team with 25 points (9g, 7a), while Schleicher had 19 points off eight goals and three assists.
Kelley earned All-NEC First Team honors in 2017, while Schleicher was named All-NEC Second Team. Sophomore Sydney Bruckner was the first Colonial goalkeeper named to the All-NEC Rookie Team after posting a 1.44 goals against average.
Inside the Series
This will be the tenth meeting between these two teams, with the Retrievers hold a 7-2-0 lead in the series over the Colonials
Last season, Robert Morris snapped UMBC's three-game winning streak with a 2-1 overtime victory on August 27. After the Colonials struck first, freshman Christina Corbi tied up the game with her first career goal. RMU scored the golden goal in the 98th minute to take the victory.
Experience the Black and Gold Pavilion
This year, fans will be able to experience the Black and Gold Pavilion at Retriever Soccer Park. This exclusive, covered seating area is an exciting new way to take in UMBC Soccer at one of the top nine places to watch soccer, according to the NCAA, and also features in-seat food and drink service and amazing views of the field. Fans are still able to purchase season tickets for the 2018 Retriever women's soccer season here.