The UMBC women's soccer team returns to Pennsylvania as they travel to Loretto to take on the St. Francis Red Flash on Thursday, August 23. Live stats will be available for the competition here.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
UMBC dropped to 0-2 on the season after falling to the La Salle Explorers, 5-0, on August 19.
The Retrievers and Explorers battled through most of the first half before La Salle rattled off four goals to take a 4-0 lead into halftime.
Elysia Paolillo gave the Retrievers a chance in the 23rd minute after she lined up to take a free kick, but La Salle's goalkeeper was able to punch the ball out of the top corner of the net.
UMBC kept La Salle quiet for the second half, allowing only a goal in the 82nd minute to give the Explorers the 5-0 lead.
The Retrievers had a few chances in the second half to get on the board, including two shots from Olivia Bronson that were saved by the Explorers' keeper. Erin Stevenson and Rayven Conner also sent shots towards the net.
On the season, Bronson leads the team with four shots, three of them being on goal. Paolillo, Stevenson, and Christina Corbi all follow with three.
In net, Leah Roth has made four saves on the season, giving her 176 in her career. Roth now ranks seventh in program history for career saves.
SCOUTING THE RED FLASH
St. Francis has started the season 0-1-1, opening the season with a 2-2 tied against Radford. The Red Flash most recently fell to Canisius, 3-2, in overtime.
In SFU's season opener, Heather Markiewicz netted her first collegiate goal in the seventh minute, but the Highlanders answered 14 seconds later to tie the game up. Radford took a 2-1 lead in the 62nd minute, but SFU's Mariana Jaleca converted a penalty kick to knot everything up at 2-all.
Against the Golden Griffins, junior Alyssa McGhee and sophomore Sam Jankowski each netted a goal for the Red Flash, but it was a goal just 53 seconds into the first overtime period that helped seal the victory for Canisius.
The Red Flash won their second consecutive NEC championship last season and their third in the last five years after defeating Fairleigh Dickinson in the title game. SFU lost, 2-0, in the opening round of the tournament to Virginia.
McGhee was named NEC Offensive Player of the Year last season after racking up 30 points off 10 goals and 10 assists. The forward is currently the Red Flash's points leader with three points (1g, 1a).
INSIDE THE SERIES
UMBC leads the overall series with St. Francis, 13-2-1. The Retrievers had won 13 consecutive matches against the Red Flash from 1988-2001 before SFU defeated UMBC, 3-2 in double overtime in 2002.
Last season, the teams tied for the first time in the series with a 2-2 draw on September 14. Elysia Paolillo and Olivia Bronson gave the Retrievers a 2-0 in the first 19 minutes, but the Red Flash quickly tied things up.