Women's Soccer Returns Home to Host NJIT on Sunday

Photo by Gail Burton
Photo by Gail Burton

BALTIMORE - After facing the Penn Quakers in Philadelphia on Friday, the UMBC women's soccer team returns home to Retriever Soccer Park on Sunday, Sept. 16 to face the NJIT Highlanders. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

NJIT at UMBC Game Info
What: 
NJIT Highlanders (5-2-1) at UMBC Retrievers (0-7-0)
Where: 
Retriever Soccer Park - Baltimore, Md.
When: 
Sunday, Sept. 16 - 1 p.m.
How to Follow: Video | Live Stats
Promotions: Retriever Kids Club Day - 
Kids club members apart of pregame spirit tunnel, special raffle, and postgame autograph session
Social Media: 
@UMBC_WSoccer, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEWSOC

Scouting the Retrievers

The UMBC women's soccer team fell to the Penn Quakers, 2-0, on Friday afternoon in Philadelphia.

The teams were scoreless for almost 17 minutes of play, with Christina Corbi (Medford, N.J.) sending the only shot on goal for the Retrievers in the 13th minute.

Penn scored the first goal of the game in the 19th minute after Emily Sands slotted the ball the Kelsey Andrews, who placed the ball into the left corner of the net.

Corbi took the first corner kick off the game in the 26th minute, which Meredith Webber (Yardley, Pa.) got a head on, but it sailed over the crossbar and out of play.

Elysia Paolillo (Holliston, Mass.) sent back-to-back corners into play in the 32nd and 33rd minutes, but couldn't get anything to connect with the net.

Andrews notched her second score of the game in the 43rd minute after Camillia Nwokedi lofted a shot towards her, which she was able to head off the crossbar and into the goal to put the Quakers up, 2-0.

After Danielle Fuentes (Rockville, Md./Magruder) beat out two Penn defenders and was able to feed the ball to Amberlina Argubie (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard), Argubie went 1-v-1 against Penn's Kitty Qu who made the diving save to keep the Retrievers out of the net.

The Quakers struck first with two shot just minutes into the second half, but Jade Wilkins (Stoney Beach, Md./The Catholic High School) was able to make two stops to keep Penn out of the net.

Jess Hopkins (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) looked to get the Retrievers on board in the 68th minute, but Ashley Gabor got her hands on it to keep it out of the net.

Penn's Mia Shenk looked to give the Quakers a 3-0 lead in the 73rd minute, but sent the shot wide of the net.

Erin Stevenson (Sellersville, Pa.) took two consecutive shots at the end of the game, including one that went just wide of the net.

Corbi leads the team with three points (1g, 1a), while Fuentes and Stevenson have scored the other two goals for the Retrievers this season. Wilkins has made nine saves on the season, including four in her last two starts in goal.  

Scouting the Highlanders

NJIT enters this contest at 5-2-1, picking up a 1-0 victory against Temple on Friday. The Highlanders and Owls battled through almost 90 minutes of play before Arianna Gerber notched her first goal of the season at the 88:57 mark off a cross from Christine Conaghy.

Prior to their game against the Owls, the Highlanders fell, 2-1, to the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Against the Bobcats, Fiona Wright scored the lone goal for the Highlanders in the 18th minute before Quinnipiac scored three unanswered in the second half.

Wright leads the Highlanders with eight points off four goals, followed by Jennifer Callaghan (2g).  Katrina Nguyen-DeMary has three assists on the season.

Sapirman has 29 saves on the year and has allowed only five goals for a 0.61 goals against average. The goalkeeper has posted five clean sheets on the season

Former Retriever Mary Hearin is currently the assistant coach at NJIT. After sitting out the 2002 season with an injury, Hearin earned America East All-Conference Second Team and All-Rookie Team honors in 2003, while also being named to the All-Tournament Team in 2005. She finished her career with 14 points off 10 goals and four assists.

INSIDE THE SERIES
This will be the first meeting between the Retrievers and Highlanders.

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 able to purchase an upgraded ticket for all home games at tickets.umbc.edu.