Women's Soccer Faces Lehigh to Close Out Non-Conference Schedule

Photo by Gail Burton
Photo by Gail Burton

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BALTIMORE, Md. – After posting a 2-2 double overtime draw against St. Francis University, the UMBC women's soccer team will close out its non-conference slate as they welcome in the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on Monday, September 18. The teams will take to the pitch at 7 p.m.

Scouting the Retrievers:

-UMBC is coming off a 2-2 double overtime draw against St. Francis U on Thursday, Sept. 14. After each team scored twice in the first half, the defenses held each other scoreless for almost 70 minutes of play.

-Freshman Elysia Paolillo got UMBC on the board first just 1:19 into the game after she sent a cross towards the net from about 40 yards out that bounced up over the head of SFU's goalkeeper and into the net.

-Freshman Olivia Bronson gave the Retrievers a 2-0 lead in the 12th minute after collecting a previously saved shot that bounced back into play. Bronson then sent a short shot past the goalkeeper into the left corner of the net.

-St. Francis bounced back into the game with two quick goals less than a minute apart from each other in the 29th and 30th minutes. Even though both teams had good looks on the goal through the rest of the game and into both overtime periods, the game ended in a tie.

-Junior goalkeeper Leah Roth made a season-high 10 saves in net for the Retrievers, including five in the first half.

-On the season, Paolillo, Bronson, and classmate Christina Corbi all have two goals to their name. Sophomore Nikki Saad leads the team with 20 shots, nine of them being on goal. Roth has made 37 saves in net for UMBC and has a 1.09 goals against average.

Scouting the Mountain Hawks:

-Lehigh is currently 5-2-1 on the season, winning its last three games against Army West Point, 2-0, Villanova, 1-0, and St. John's, 2-1.

-The Mountain Hawks opened their Patriot League slate against the Golden Knights and picked up the team's third straight win on the season. Freshman Ally Friedman scored with just two seconds remaining in the first half, while junior Sabrina Mertz added an insurance goal in the 63rd minute.

-Against the Wildcats, sophomore Annika Jansa scored the winning goal in the 55th minute of the game off a penalty kick after sophomore Maggie Wadsworth was tripped up in the corner of the box. Sophomore goalkeeper Sam Miller notched her 15th-career shutout after making three saves in the win.

-Against the Red Storm, the Mountain Hawks scored early in the game and scored again in the 50th minute off another Jansa PK. Miller made a huge save in the 87th minute to preserve Lehigh's 2-1 lead.

-On the season, Jansa leads the team with six points off three goals. Wadsworth and Mertz each have 23 shots on the year, with nine of Wadsworth's hitting on goal.

-In the net, Miller has allowed five goals, giving her a 0.58 goals against average. She's made 32 saves and boasts an 86.5 save percentage on the year, along with four shutouts on the year.

Inside the Series:

-UMBC and Lehigh are meeting for just the third time and the first time since the 2002 season. The Mountain Hawks hold a 2-0-0 advtange in the overall series.

-In their last meeting on Sept. 14, 2002, the Mountain Hawks picked a up a 2-1 victory over the Retrievers.