Temple, Texas State on Tap for Retrievers This Weekend

Jessy Brown was the lone rookie to start all 17 games in 2010.
Jessy Brown was the lone rookie to start all 17 games in 2010.

BALTIMORE—Coming off a pair of tough losses on opening weekend, the UMBC women's soccer team (0-2-0) looks to get in the win column for the first time this weekend. The Retrievers will visit Temple (1-0-0) for a 4 p.m. game on Friday, then return home to host Texas State (1-1-0) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park.

Week in Review: The Retrievers opened the season with a 2-1 loss at American last Friday. Junior forward Rachel McKee(Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) found the back of the net in the 82nd minute, UMBC's lone goal of the season thus far. Sophomore forward Amy Savage (Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier) was credited with the assist, and sophomore goalieLauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) recorded nine saves. UMBC then fell to Campbell, 2-0, in its home opener on Sunday after waiting out a four-hour, 30-minute rain delay. Kadet stopped four Camel shots.

On the Owls: Temple won its season opener, 1-0, at Iona on Saturday on an own goal. Keeper Tara Murphy made five saves to secure the shutout for the Owls. Temple was predicted to finish 14th in the Atlantic-10 preseason poll after posting a 6-12-1 record in 2010. Forward Niki Conn led the Owls with 10 goals and 24 points to earn honorable mention all-conference accolades. Murphy posted a 1.85 goals-against average and a .738 save percentage a year ago.

Inside the Series: UMBC is 4-2-0 all-time against Temple in a series which dates to 1991, but just 1-2-0 on the road. The teams have not met since 2006, a 2-0 victory for the host Retrievers. Jessica Young and Mary Hearin each scored for UMBC in that game, whileRobin Babaris and Christine Bacinski combined for six saves.

On the Bobcats: Texas State split a pair of home games on opening weekend, defeating Prairie View A&M, 6-0, last Friday, before falling to Loyola Marymount, 1-0, on Sunday. The Bobcats will visit Navy on Friday before heading to UMBC. Forward Serena Hines and midfielder Sydney Curry scored two goals apiece against the Panthers, while midfielderKendall Webber tallied a goal and an assist. Goalie Lauren Frazier was named Southland Conference Goalkeeper of the Week on Tuesday. She made four saves and allowed just one goal in 180 minutes of action last weekend. Texas State was picked to finish in a tie for third place in the Southland Conference preseason poll, and five Bobcats earned preseason honors from the league, including midfielder Kelsey Bernard, the team's top returning scorer, who was selected to the preseason all-conference first team.

Saving the Day: Kadet totaled 13 saves in the first two games of the season, the most by an America East keeper on the weekend. She ranks ninth all-time at UMBC with 121 career saves, 26 behind senior Mo Van Vlerah (Germantown, Md./Northwest). Last season, Kadet led the league with 6.75 saves per game, and her 108 saves were the fifth-highest single-season total in UMBC history.

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