Women's Soccer Faces American on Sunday Afternoon

Photo by Gail Burton
Photo by Gail Burton

BALTIMORE - The UMBC women's soccer team will return home to Retriever Soccer Park as they welcome the American Eagles for a Sunday afternoon showcase on August 26. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. 

SCOUTING THE RETREIVERS

The Retrievers are now 0-3-0 on the season after dropping two road games against the La Salle Explorers (5-0) and the St. Francis Red Flash (4-0).

Against La Salle, the Explorers scored four goals in the first half before the Retrievers were able to silence them in the second half, with the only goal coming in the 82nd minute. Leah Roth and Jade Wilkins each saw time in the net and made a save a piece.

On Thursday, UMBC battled it out against St. Francis, but couldn't find the back of the net. Jess Hopkins led the team with four shots, while Leah Roth made a season-high seven saves in net.

Roth now has 183 saves in her career, which ranks seventh in program history; she needs eight more saves to tie Jen Nance for sixth.

Nikki Saad has eight assists on her career and needs one more to crack into the top 10 all-time in program history.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES

American enters the contest at 2-0-1, picking up victories over Mount St. Mary's and Longwood. The Eagles battled to a 2-2 draw against the Vermont Catamounts on August 19.

To open the 2018 season, the Eagles picked up a 3-0 victory over the Mountaineers as three different players scored for the first time in American uniforms. In goal, Ryleigh Brown picked up her first career shutout as the Eagles registered their first regular-season opening victory since Aug. 19, 2011.

Against Vermont, Maldonado scored in the 31st minute before the Catamounts scored two straight for the 2-1 lead. Yari Bradfield would tie the game up in the 67th minute, but neither team could find the net again

Bradfield was the double goal scorer for American as they blanked Longwood on August 23. The senior scored in the 14th minute and again in the 83rd, while Brown picked up her second shutout of the season.

Bradfield leads the Eagles with six points off three goals, followed by Maldonado (2g, 1a). In goal, Brown has made 10 saves and has a 0.62 goals against average.

INSIDE THE SERIES
American leads the series against UMBC 12-7-2, but the Retrievers have won the last three meetings against the Eagles.

The last meeting between the two teams came in 2016, where they battled in the season opener to double overtime. In the 119th minute of the game, Nikki Saad scored her first career goal to give UMBC the 3-2 victory.