BALTIMORE – Behind a stellar offensive performance, including a career days for freshmen Danielle Fuentes (Rockville, Md./Magruder) and Laura Ventura (Gaithersburg, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel), the UMBC women's soccer team picked up their first victory of the season as they defeated the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers, 4-3, on Wednesday afternoon.
- The Retrievers scored first in the fourth minute after Danielle Fuentes (Rockville, Md./Magruder) slid a pass to classmate Laura Ventura (Gaithersburg, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) on the left side of the box.
- Ventura collected the ball and sent it in to Christina Corbi (Medford, N.J.) who was at the doorstep of the Mountaineers' net and placed it behind the keeper on the right side.
- The Mount scored almost a minute later when Kayla Hughes sent a shot from 23 yards out and it bounced off the keeper's hands.
- In the 12th minute, Fuentes picked up her second assist of the night after she sent a cross over to Elysia Paolillo (Holliston, Mass.), who placed the ball into the back of the net to put the Retrievers up 2-1.
- Fuentes and Ventura looked to add to their days in the 16th and 17th minutes, but The Mount's Charlotte Elrod saved it.
- Erin Stevenson (Sellersville, Pa.) took a corner kick as time wound down in the first half, which Wren Aye (Columbia, Md./St. John's College) sent wide of the net to end the first half.
- Just two minutes into the second half, the Mountaineers tied the game up at 2-2 after Yasmin Whitelocke
- The Retrievers retook the lead after Meredith Webber (Yardley, Pa.) headed in a shot that made its way into the box courtesy of a Paolillo corner kick in the 50th minute.
- In the 64th minute, Hughes tied the game up again after she sent a free kick into the net from 18 yards out.
- Fuentes scored her fourth point of the day as she collected a pass from Ventura and put the ball inside the right post from 25 yards out to give UMBC a 4-3 lead in the 77th minute.
FOR THE RECORD
The Retrievers pick up their first win of the season and move to 1-8-0 on the year. The Mountaineers fall to 1-6-1.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
19: The Retrievers outshot the Mountaineers, 19-7, overall in the game, with a 12-3 advantage in the second half.
4: UMBC had four different goal scorers on the day, while Fuentes also scored a career-high four points.
MINDING THE NET
Leah Roth (Valencia, Pa.) moved to 1-6-0 on the season after playing all 90 minutes in goal. Elrod fell to 0-4-0 on the year after making four saves.
ONTO THE NEXT ONE
The Retrievers will open their 16th season in the America East as they travel to New Hampshire on Sunday, Sept. 23 with a 2 p.m. kickoff.